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10 Common Summer Vacation Injuries

10 Common Summer Vacation Injuries

| July 25, 2016
Summer Vacation

Earlier this month I had three generations of my family descend on my home for the first Family Reunion in twenty
five years. Check list: food and beverages, coolers, ice, lawn chairs, umbrellas, the croquet set, sunscreen, bug
spray, reminders to wear hats and stay hydrated in the High Desert of Albuquerque, gift baskets for each family,
matching T-shirts, name tags. Hmmm… I thought that was everything, then I saw the list below.

During the summer, the number of patient visits to medical facilities spikes due to summer vacation related mishaps. 

Here are the 10 most common summer vacation injuries:

10. Water sports injuries 29,000 each year
9. Amusement park, state fair, and carnival ride injuries 37,000 each year
8. Volleyball injuries 59,000 each year
7. Trampoline injuries 83,000 each year
6. Swimming injuries 181,000 each year
5. Soccer Injuries 214,000 each year
4. ATV, moped and mini bike injuries 221,000 each year
3. Playground injuries- 244,000 each year
2. Baseball & softball injuries 261,000 each year
1. Bicycle Injuries 550,000 each year

My family came through the reunion unscathed, despite riding bikes in the Bosque. But for those of you still in
vacation mode I will advise you to stock up on helmets, knee and elbow pads, and life jackets and face masks. 

On a more practical note here’s a couple of tips:

  • Check your medical options. If you have health insurance, look at your policy before you travel so you know whether you have coverage if you are injured at your destination or while traveling. Look into medical facilities and services in the places you’ll visit so you know what you can do if an injury or illness occurs.
  • Review safety information. The U.S. government provides location-specific safety information on a number of destinations across the globe online at See travel precautions from the State Department, learn how to obtain or renew your passport, and more.
  • Choose a local and an at-home contact person. Designate both a local contact, such as someone who is traveling with you, and a contact at home, like a family member or trusted friend, so that both people may be contacted if you are in an accident or suffer an injury while traveling.
  • Make copies. Make copies of your passport, credit cards, and other vital information. Store at least one set of copies in your suitcase or another safe place that is not on your person, so if you lose your wallet or purse while out and about, you still have the information you need.


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