Smart Woman: Water Tubing Safety

Published 06/26 2014 06:36PM

Updated 06/26 2014 06:45PM

It's the lazy days of summer right before lounging around in a tube on the water, but once you attach a tube to the back of a speed boat the level of danger goes way up.

"Riders have very little control over the direction or the velocity of the speed of the water tube." says Lara Mckenzie with Nationwide Children's Hospital, " 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, injuries from tubing with a boat are up 250% over the past two decades. A recent study that spanned over 19 years shows 83% of those injuries happened during the wamer months and more than 65 water tubing related injuries are treated in U.S. hospital every day during the summer.

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

More frequent injuries happened to the head and the upper extremities. The most common ways people are injured are when the person hits 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 go drifting by on a tube, rather than zipping by behind a water craft.

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