Child injuries among non-motorized wheeled shoe users in Canada

Recently, non-motorized wheeled shoes have become increasingly popular among children and preliminary research shows that these activities result in significant injury. A few Canadian studies have examined this issue but have failed to compare wheeled shoe users with other non-motorized wheeled activities or to focus specifically on childhood injuries.

The present study addresses these gaps by comparing the injury profiles of wheeled shoes users with other non-motorized wheeled activities (i.e., cycling, push scooter, inline-skating, and skateboarding) among Canadian children presenting to the emergency department in Calgary, Alberta.

Main Findings:

  • The most common mechanism of injury for a nonmotorized wheeled activity was bicycling (66.9%), while wheeled shoe use produced the fewest injuries (2.7%).
  • The upper extremity was the most frequently injured body region in all groups, comprising more than 75% of the injuries in wheeled shoe users and approximately 50% of the injuries in participants of other nonmotorized wheeled activities.
  • Forearm fractures were the most common type of injury. Wheeled shoe users had the greatest proportion of forearm fractures. Helmet use was most prevalent in bicyclists (84.6%) and least prevalent in wheeled shoe users (4.7%).

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