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HealthWatch: Riskiest Extreme Sports

Driver Hits and Injures SkateboarderNEW ORLEANS, Lou. — Orthopaedic surgeons say of all the extreme sports,¬† the greatest risk of head injuries comes from skateboarding.

The study is being presented at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, held from March 11 to 15 in New Orleans.

The researchers looked at data from seven popular sports included in the Winter and Summer X Games from 2000 to 2011.

 During that time, there were more than 4 million injuries in extreme sports.

The majority of head and neck injuries were in skateboarding, snowboarding, skiing, and motocross.

The study authors also point out that at the same time the number of injuries have increased over the past decade, participation is also up.

They say while participation is down in many traditional sports, but the number of people skateboarding has “surged 49%, to 14 million U.S. participants and snowboarding now claims 7.2 million participants, up 51% from 1999.”

You can read the research presenters abstract of their findings here.