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Halloween Safety Tips

Keep the “Boo,” while Avoiding the “Boo-Boos” at Halloween


The Halloween season is filled with scary thrills and fun, but also potential danger. Pumpkin carving, costumes, unfamiliar homes, and young children traveling in darkness all provide possible scenarios for accidents and injuries. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) urges children and adults to take proper precautions to ensure a safe Halloween.


A nine-year study examined holiday-related pediatric emergency room visits between 1997 and 2006.( Results of the study show Halloween among the top three holidays producing the most ER visits):

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Safety Tips to Avoid Yoga-related Injury

Moderation is key to avoiding yoga-related injury when bending and stretching


Yoga is a physical, mental and spiritual discipline, originating in ancient India, that involves a series of stretching, posing and breathing exercises. When done correctly and in moderation, yoga can provide excellent conditioning and exercise; reduce stress; maintain joint and musculoskeletal health; and in some individuals, relieve joint or muscle pain.

However, some of the more strenuous and complicated poses can cause injury to the neck, shoulders, lower back or knees. Individuals with severe osteoporosis, high or low blood pressure, inner ear problems, known degenerative problems, or pregnancy, are at greater risk for injury.

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Trampoline Safety Advice

The AAOS produced an audio public service message and position statement about trampoline safety


Yankees baseball player underwent surgery late last week after suffering a career-threatening ankle injury while jumping on a trampoline.

Yankees baseball player Joba Chamberlain underwent surgery late last week after suffering a career-threatening ankle injury while jumping on a trampoline with his 5-year-old son at a children’s play facility in Tampa. Chamberlain was released from St. Joseph’s Hospital on Sunday and will spend the next six weeks in a cast as he recovers from surgery.

“Although trampolines can be fun for both kids and adults, they pose a high risk for injuries, especially when two or more people jump at one time” says John Purvis, MD, orthopaedic surgeon and spokesperson for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS).

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