A new study that appeared in the March 2013 edition of the American Journal of Emergency Medicine shows that swimming pool injuries are on the rise.
Methodology of the Study
Researchers analyzed data provided by the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System. They reviewed information pertaining to accidents in the years between 1990 and 2008.
The study made a variety of findings. Some of the key findings included:
- There were 1,688,924 estimated swimming injuries that occurred during the study
- A swimming injury occurs, on average, once every 6 minutes
- Swimming increased by 18.6 percent during the time period of the study
- Children 17 and under sustained more injuries than people in other demographics
- The majority of injuries were soft tissue injuries, followed by strains and sprains
- Injuries related to submersion, home injuries and injuries for children younger than 7 years old were more likely to involve a hospital admission or fatality
- Children age 7 and older had an increased risk of injury of 30 percent
- 87 percent of the injuries were related to swimming pools, while 13 percent were related to natural bodies of waters
Types of Swimming Pool Injuries
Individuals who are injured by swimming pools are hurt in a variety of manners, including punctures, scrapes, cuts and bruises. Most of these accidents occurred on people’s heads, necks and lower body.
Reasons for Injuries
Some medical professionals were interviewed after the study was concluded. They indicate that many of these injuries are caused by a lack of supervision or general inattentiveness. Another reason that the numbers have increased is that the population has increased over the years.
The finding concludes that a greater degree of supervision is needed, especially for younger swimmers. Additional prevention efforts and education regarding safe swimming practices may also help reduce injuries.
Our Tampa Injury Attorneys May be Able to Help with a Swimming Injury Claim
When a person is injured while on the property of another person or business, he or she may be able to bring forth a premises liability suit with the help of a Tampa injury attorney. If you’ve been hurt due to someone else’s negligence, call Abrahamson & Uiterwyk today at 1-800-753-5203 for more information and a free case evaluation.