An estimated 3,525 patients ages 5 to 14 years were treated in U.S. emergency departments for injuries resulting from skate shoe use from 2002 through 2006, according to an analysis of data from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System (NEISS). Nearly 74% of the injuries occurred in 2006.
Skate shoes, which have a removable or retractable wheel in the heel, were introduced in the United States in 2000. Sales of the leading brand of skate shoes rose from 697,000 in 2004 to 6.2 million in 2006 in more than 30 countries.
This study evaluated whether the increased use of skate shoes led to an increase in injuries and described the types of injuries seen in emergency departments.
Researchers examined all footwear-related injuries reported to the NEISS in patients ages 5 to 14 years old...