A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury (TBI) that is caused by a bump or a blow to the head. Even a mild blow or "getting your bell rung," can be a serious matter. Signs of a concussion may not show up until days or weeks after the injury. Seek medical attention right away if you notice any signs of concussion in your child.
Dehydration happens when the amount of fluids that a person is drinking is less than the amount of fluids lost through sweating, urination, diarrhea or vomiting. Dehydration is very common when exercising outside, and it can lead to more serious problems like heat exhaustion and heat stroke. It's important to stay well hydrated by drinking plenty of water.
An all-terrain vehicle (ATV) is a motorized vehicle with three or four low-pressure tires commonly used for farming, hunting and recreation. The number of children seriously injured on ATVs increased by 150 percent from 1997-2006. (Bowman SM, 2010) The goal of the Injury Prevention Center is to reduce the number of deaths and injuries caused by ATV-related crashes by raising knowledge of safe riding practices. What does your doctor say about ATVs? The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children under 16 years of age do not ride ATVs.
Training: Before driving your ATV, take an ATV Safety Institute ATV Rider Course. Contact your local University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service 4-H Coordinator - www.uaex.edu
Ride Off-road: Always ride on unpaved trails. The tires on ATVs are not made for paved or loose gravel roads. If you drive these roads, you could lose control of the ATV and flip over and crash.
Impairment Danger: Don't drive while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, driving ant ATV takes all of your focus.
Plan Ahead: Plan your trip before you ride, look for hazards and let someone know where you are going.
Single Rider: Most ATVs are made for one rider only.
Safety Equipment: Ride your ATV only when wearing a helmet, boots, long pants, long sleeve shirt and gloves.