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Extreme sports and head/neck injuries

Extreme sports are becoming increasingly popular here in the United States. Unfortunately, as the popularity of these sports has increased, so too has the number of head and neck injuries suffered in relation to them. At least that's what a recent study has found.

The study looked at data from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System that regarded injuries suffered in the following extreme sports: skateboarding, snowboarding, snow skiing, surfing, mountain biking, snowmobiling and motocross.

In this data review, the study's researchers found that over 4 million injuries occurred between 2000 and 2011 that were associated with these extreme sports. The researchers also found that the annual total of neck and head injuries suffered in connection to extreme sports increased from around 34,000 to around 40,000 between 2000 and 2010. The three extreme sports that the researchers found to have the highest number of neck/head injuries linked to them were:

  1. Skateboarding
  2. Snowboarding
  3. Snow skiing

One hopes that one of the topics of future research will be what sorts of things can be done to help reduce the occurrence of head/neck injuries in extreme sports.

Head or neck injuries that occur during participation in sports, such as extreme sports, can have life-changing impacts on a person. Neck/head injuries can, in some instances, cause a person to not be able to be in the workforce anymore. Sometimes, in relation to such injuries, individuals apply for Social Security Disability benefits. There are many things that can be important in applications for such benefits, such as detailed documentation of a person's injury and its effects. Social Security Disability attorneys can help neck or head injury victims who are seeking such benefits collect the information and documentation that they need for their application.

Source: 13abc.com, "'Extreme sports' linked to 40,000 head and neck injuries per year," Alan Mozes, March 14, 2014

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