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Overweight children at increased risk of arm and leg injuries following motor vehicle crash
Date:12/9/2008

osure of child to passenger airbag, and crash severity.

While the causes behind the increased risk in injury to extremities are not known, Pollack hypothesized that it may be due to a combination of physiology and biomechanical factors. "As weaker bone strength is associated with increased risk for fracturesthe primary cause of extremity injuriesit seems likely that overweight and obese children are more prone to fractures following a crash compared to children of normal weight," explained Pollack. "As motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death for children in the U.S., and one out of every three kids in the U.S. is overweight or obese, programs to reduce the burden of injuries following motor vehicle crashes must take into account the impact of children's body mass."


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Contact: Tim Parsons
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410-955-7619
Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health
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