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Tags: e-scooter | fracture | injuries | Dr. Oz

E-Scooter Injuries Are on the Rise

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Wednesday, 02 October 2019 11:43 AM Current | Bio | Archive

Phil “Scooter” Rizzuto was a Hall of Fame shortstop who played 13 years for the New York Yankees. Despite being only 5-feet-6-inches tall, he could cover the entire infield like — well — like a guy on a scooter.

Nevertheless, over the years Rizzuto was the target of some hurtful comments. Manager Casey Stengel once told him at a try-out: “Please, go find another job. The only way you are going to earn a living is with a shoeshine box.”

But he earned his living, and did so consistently. The fleet-footed Scooter was never seriously injured during his playing career.

That's more than you can say for other guys on scooters in the U.S.

A new study finds that e-scooter injuries are increasing, and most of them — including fractures to the face, extremities, and collarbones, as well as organ damage and brain bleeds — happen to guys 20 to 40 years old.

Many of the guys who are injured are high on drugs (marijuana or meth) or addled by alcohol, and most are not wearing helmets.

In 2018, Americans took 38.5 million trips on shared e-scooters. And the hazards are understandably causing a backlash: Nashville banned e-scooters after a local man was killed while riding with twice the legal limit of blood alcohol content.

If you want to keep scooting around town, here are some tips to keep you from ending up on the injured list:

• Always wear a helmet.

• Limit use to daytime hours in designated bike lanes and in recreational areas.

• Never scoot home after a trip to a bar. Leave your scooter somewhere to pick up in the morning, or grab a taxi and stick your ride in the trunk.

© King Features Syndicate

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