As of last week, all but one U.S. state had snow on the ground. For kids, an unusually snowy winter means an extended and more prolific sledding season. Sledding usually takes a back seat to skiing and snowboarding when it comes to the winter recreation safety discussion. However, statistics show sledding carries plenty of risk. A recent report indicates nearly 30,000 sled injuries occur each year. A high percentage of sled incidents involve traumatic brain injuries, such as the kind you might see on a football field, and many involve young children. Experts say one easy step to cut down on the severity of injuries is to always sled with a helmet. They also encourage people to be mindful of their surroundings. Many injuries occur as a result of collisions with obstacles and other people.
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