One of the best selling gifts of the holidays were hoverboards (also called FloBoards or Handsfree Segway) and they are landing children and parents in the emergency room. Hoverboards are a hands free device that riders balance on and are propelled by two wheels. As of December 28 there were 70 reports of emergency room visits due to hover boards, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission in a CNN article. Common injures from hoverboard accidents include fractures, strains, contusions and lacerations.
Hoverboards have been in the news after being banned from airlines and causing a variety of explosions and fires. Amazon stopped selling some models due to quality concerns. However, despite the bad press they remained one of the top selling must have gifts for Christmas this year. The post Christmas novice hoverboard riders are flying off the somewhat mercurial boards, landing on their wrists, and then landing the patient a visit to the emergency room. One emergency room in Indianapolis had 7 broken wrists from hoverboards the day after Christmas. Comedian Stan Boardman , Boxer Mike Tyson and Congressman Carlos Curbelo are the better known adults who have fallen victim to hoverboard accidents. A search of the hashtag #hoverboardfail on social media is a trending topic on Twitter and Instagram.
“The Indiana Hand to Shoulder Center is seeing a significant number of these injuries locally. We are an internationally recognized center for upper extremity care and would like to make sure parents and their children aware of the increased number of injuries from this new toy.” says Greg A. Merrell, M.D.
Dr. Merrell suggest the following precautions:
- Wear a helmet
- Wear wrist braces, elbow and knee pads
- Have a spotter with you as you learn to ride
- Practice on a carpeted surface to learn the feel of the board