Ice sleds are more maneuverable and less traumatic means for skiing down the mountains. Doctors recommend choosing them and giving up tubing.
Injuries sustained by children while riding downhill on a “cheesecake” are leading in the list of winter injuries. Alexander Bryantsev, Deputy Director of the Research Institute of Emergency Pediatric Surgery and Traumatology, spoke about this. He emphasized that there are always a lot of calls and very often such injuries have grave consequences. Most often, children are in the hospital who collided with an obstacle at high speed. Such injuries are called high-energy injuries.
For those who like to ride down the mountains on tubing, doctors usually diagnose craniocerebral and spinal cord injuries. Treatment has to begin with the intensive care unit. Further there will be a long recovery. However, children often remain deeply disabled for the rest of their lives.
Bryantsev noted that in order to avoid such consequences, it is worth using specially equipped slopes for tubing. They should be sloping, without trees, building structures, ponds and railways nearby.
At the same time, the doctor believes that, ideally, it is generally better to switch to the use of sledges and ice cakes. They are more agile. You can slow down, slow down or even swerve when approaching an obstacle. Although it is possible to get injured when using them, there are much fewer such cases.
Let us remind you that a 15-year-old teenager died in Moscow before the New Year. He rode a tubing on an unequipped slope. There were trees at the end of the hill. The boy hit his head on them and received multiple injuries.