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Health Report 2/17/13

The bottom line, there are risks in just about every sport you or your kids enjoy.  So get the right safety gear.
February 17th, 2013

Some people are just drawn to adrenaline.  Skateboarding, snowboarding, and martial arts are some of the most popular extreme sports around.  But does extreme mean extremely dangerous?
Lou Baxter gives us a look at the numbers.

Arm bars and chokes are just part of judo, the most practiced martial art in the world.  Those dedicated to it can do some serious damage to their opponents or themselves.

Alexa Liddie, judo athlete, said: "I've a couple concussions, a couple hyper extended elbows."

From broken limbs, to concussions, to being choked out.

Kyle Vashkulat, judo Olympian, said: "You wake up and you don't know where you are, your head's hurting."

A George Washington University study found martial arts have a rate of one injury for every 48-practice hours, closely followed by rugby.  The research also found women in martial arts experience twice as many injuries as men.  So make sure you have a well-trained instructor like U.S. Olympic judo coach Jimmy Pedro.

Jimmy Pedro, U.S. Olympic coach, said: "The key to injury prevention is never getting out of shape."

Still looking for something safer?
Tennis has a rate of one injury every 14-hundred hours.
In 2011, more than 82-thousand kids, 19 and under, went to emergency rooms for skateboarding injuries.
And more than 38-thousand for snowboarding and skiing injuries.

While these activities may seem more extreme than riding a bike, a whopping 288-thousand went to the ER for bike related injuries.

The bottom line, there are risks in just about every sport you or your kids enjoy.  So get the right safety gear.

Eddie Liddie, judo Olympian, said: "There's nothing worth your health."

Lou Baxter, Jet 24, Action News.




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