With Spring in the air, it’s time to shake the dust from our bikes, rollerblades, and recreational vehicles.
But we need to be careful when getting active outside. According to a report by the US Centers for Disease Control, warm weather brings more trauma-related incidents including more concussions.
So why the sudden increase? Warm weather gets us involved in outdoor activities, which in turn increases the risk of injuries. According to the CDC study, bicycling tops the list of trauma causes, followed by football, playground activities, basketball, and soccer.
Dr. Rick Miller, chief of Trauma and Surgical Critical Care at Vanderbilt University Medical Centre in Nashville, says they “have exceedingly higher admission rates when the temperature rises.” An increase of up to 50%.
April to September is commonly known as “trauma season.” Take advantage and enjoy the warmer weather, but stay safe and take extra care and caution to protect yourself. Make sure you always wear appropriate safety equipment, such as helmets and seatbelts, and always be aware of your surroundings.
For More Information:
- Warm Weather’s “Trauma Season” May Mean More Concussions, Sports Concussions
- Nonfatal Traumatic Brain Injuries Related to Sports and Recreations Activities Among Person Aged 19 Years, Centers For Disease Control and Prevention
- The Importance of a Properly Fitted Bike
- ‘Tis the Season for Motorcycle Safety
- Should Parents be Charged if Kids Aren’t Wearing a Bike Helmet?