ALLEN (CBSDFW.COM) – The hashtag, “#hoverboard fails” is gaining popularity as more people start trying out their new Christmas gifts. Many of them aren’t hovering for very long, and videos of people crashing are all over social media.
The people who run The Edge skate park at Allen Station Park say they won’t even allow the hoverboards, but a lot of kids on scooters and skateboards tell us they’re still getting the hang of their new hoverboards.
It’s not just kids who are learning the hard way. A Forney woman shared photos on Facebook of her trip to the emergency room after crashing a new hoverboard. She says the seven-inch wound on her head needed 27 staples and eight stitches. Celebrities like Mike Tyson have also posted videos of themselves wiping out after taking the hoverboards for a spin.
Some younger kids may actually have a safety advantage over older teenagers and their parents because they’re already used to wearing safety equipment for bicycles and skateboards. Dr. Laurie Berger with West Plano Pediatrics tells us older riders may be more likely to hurt themselves because they don’t know what to expect.
“The hoverboard, now this really appeals to teenagers, and it’s teenagers who haven’t really been on a skateboard or bicycle recently, and so they’re going to take chances,” Dr. Berger said.
Injuries to wrists and knees are the most common, and doctors expect to see more of them over the next few days as more people try out Christmas gifts.
They recommend wearing the same sort of safety gear kids wear for skateboards and scooters, especially a helmet.
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