Safety Gear for Roller Shoes
They look like ordinary sneakers, but when the user shifts his weight in roller shoes, wheels pop out of the heel, resulting in a fun and sometimes dangerous ride.Â Â Â
"They typically just fall backwards, their feet come right out from under them," said Dr. Robert Bruce of the Emory School of Medicine. Â Â
Pediatric Orthopedist Robert Bruce has seen up to 20 young patients in the past year with roller shoe injuries.
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"Fractures, broken bones, more frequently elbows than wrists, but wrists and elbows mostly," said Dr. Bruce.
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The Consumer Product Safety Commission reports 1,600 emergency room visits in 2006 because of roller shoes, compared with 480,000 trips because of bicycle injuries.Â Â Â
Heelys, the most popular brand of roller shoes, includes safety information in the packaging and says quote: "We continue to recommend the use of helmets, wrist guards, elbow pads and knee pads."Â Â Â
Dr. Bruce says his injured patients admitted they weren't wearing any protective gear.Â Â Â
"In an ideal world, they would have head protection because a head injury does not recover, does not heal, they would have maybe wrist guards or elbow pads," said Dr. Bruce.Â Â Â
He claims many injuries occur when the roller shoes are new and kids are just learning to get their balance. Â