WTAP @ 5: To Your Health Report: Tubing Dangers

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

With the warm weather comes a lot of activities: swimming, boating, even tubing along the lake.

But researchers are warning that you need to be careful when you tie a tube to the back of a boat.

Here's Holly Firfer with today's Health Minute.

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 injuries goes way up.

"Riders have very little control over the direction or the velocity of the speed of the water tube. And they also don't have control over colliding with objects in the water, on the shore or with other riders on the tube."

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

"We saw all types of injuries, from head injuries, face injuries, to sprains and strains."

Most frequent injuries happened to the head and the upper extremities.

And the most common ways people are injured are when the person impacts the water, or they make contact with another person.

Best way to stay safe?

"Follow basic guidelines, wear personal floatation devices, limit the number of riders to what the manufacturer suggests for that particular inner tube and just otherwise practice safe boating practices."

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

For Today's Health Minute, I'm Holly Firfer.

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