“Health Minute” – Tubing Safety

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(KPLR) – It's the lazy days of summer, just right for lounging around in a tube on the water. But once you attach that tube to the back of a speed boat, the level of danger goes way up.

According to researchers at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, injuries from tubing with a boat are up 250 percent over the past two decades. A recent study that spanned over 19 years shows 83 percent of those injuries happened during the warmer months and more than 65 water tubing related injuries are treated in U.S. hospitals every day during the summer.

Most frequent injuries happened to the head and the upper extremities. The most common ways people are injured are when the person hits the water, or they make contact with another person.

So it may be a better idea, to just go drifting by on a tube, than zipping by behind a water craft.

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