Summertime is upon us, which means you may be heading down to the lake or beach for some fun. If your summer plans involve using jet skis, you should know the dangers surrounding them. While riding a jet ski may seem like a harmless summer activity, it can result in some serious injuries.
In order to be safe on a jet ski, you should know about common injuries and how to prevent them. Here are some risks involved with jet skiing and prevention tips.
According to the United States Coast Guard, fractures account for 29% of jet ski injuries. A wrist fracture can occur when the jet ski collides with a solid object, due to how you must hold onto the handlebar. Your wrist may also fracture if you get thrown off the jet ski and reach your hand out to catch yourself. An ankle fracture is also possible when there is a jet ski collision.
Bruises and abrasions
When a jet ski accident occurs, it is highly likely for you to suffer scrapes, grazes and bruises. Scrapes and grazes are open wounds that result from your skin rubbing against another surface. Abrasions commonly result on the elbows, knees, ankles and shins. These injuries account for 19% of all personal watercraft injuries.
A laceration is a wound that happens when soft body tissue tears. Most lacerations are jagged and irregular. This type of wound is prone to contamination of bacteria and debris. Lacerations account for 17% of jet ski injuries.
Traumatic brain injuries account for 9% of personal watercraft injuries. Concussions can occur even when your head hits the water. Hitting the water at high speeds can cause a significant blow to the head. Concussion symptoms include the following:
- Loss of consciousness
- Ringing in the ears
- Delayed responses
- Loss of memory
If you suffer an accident while riding a jet ski, it is vital to seek medical attention as soon as possible.