Recreational fishing, popular with an estimated 14.8 million youth aged <25 years, can be associated with injuries ranging from mild to severe trauma, according to a recent study. Researchers examined the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System 1997-2016 to describe injury patterns by age and sex. Linear regressions estimated changes in injuries over time. They found:
- There were an estimated 412,171 pediatric patients treated in US emergency departments for fishing-related injuries.
- The majority of injuries occurred in males (81.4%) and in youth ages 11 to 18 years (53.7%).
- Injuries were most likely due to hooks and lures (79.7%), and the arm/hand accounted for 43.9% of injuries.
- Based on these findings, we suggest that injury prevention efforts should be focused on older male children and wearing appropriate clothing.
Vajdic T, Bergmann KR, Zagel A, Ortega H. Fishing-related injuries among pediatric patients treated in United States emergency departments, 1997 to 2016. [Published online ahead of print October 4, 2018]. Clin Pediatr. doi:10.1177%2F0009922818803406.
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