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Numerous injuries cause some cities to outlaw sledding

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While sledding is an age-old winter sport we've all enjoyed in the snow, the high number of sledding-related accidents have prompted some lawmakers to ban or at least place restrictions on the activity in public places.

For many the idea of banning sledding sounds completely ridiculous but the numbers may say otherwise. According to a study by the Center for Injury Research and Policy, from 1997 to 2007, more than 20,000 sledders every year were given emergency treatment for sledding related injuries.  In addition, in 2012, the Consumer Product Safety Commission reported that approximately 10,000 children under the age of 14 had to seek emergency treatment for sledding-related injuries.

While those numbers do seem high, compare them to the number of children treated for trampoline related injuries (in 2012 for example, 79,000 children under 14 were injured on a trampoline) and suddenly the numbers don't seem so scary. 

The cities who are choosing to outlaw sledding are not necessarily doing it because it's a dangerous activity. Most are just trying to protect their pocket books, deciding that the risk of someone injuring themselves while sledding is too great. To avoid potential lawsuits and liability issues, cities in states such as Indiana, Illinois, Nebraska, New Jersey and Iowa have passed bans or restrictions on sledding in public parks. 

Many parents have voiced frustrations and concerns for these laws, fearing that if children can't go sledding in parks, they will likely choose to sled in more dangerous places, such as in the street or in rural areas.

What do you think? Do you think sledding is too dangerous? Do you know someone who suffered a serious injury while sledding? To you take extra precautions when allowing your kids to sled to make sure they're safe?

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