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Monica Palmer, Safety Administrator
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Safety Tips for Water Skiing and Wake Boarding
Every year in the United States, thousands of people are hurt in water skiing and wake boarding accidents, according to Nationwide Children's Hospital, in Columbus, Ohio.
Most water skiing injuries involve sprains and strains in the legs. Wake boarders often get cuts and injuries to their head and face. Wake boarding is more likely than water skiing to result in a traumatic brain injury, cautioned experts at Nationwide Children's.
There are ways water skiers and wake boarders can reduce their risk for injury before they head out to the water, including:
People engaging in water sports should also consider these factors to ensure their safety:
The California Division of Boating and Waterways provides more information on water sport safety. SOURCE: Nationwide Children's Hospital, news release, May 26, 2015.