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HEALTH FLASH

PUBLISHED : Monday, 15 April, 2002, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 15 April, 2002, 12:00am

Skater rules: Citing injury risks, the American Academy of Paediatrics recommended children under five not use skateboards and those between five and 10 years old do so under close supervision.


The group also said popular lightweight scooters should not be used by children under age eight without supervision.


'Young children may be at high risk of injury from skateboards and scooters because their judgment of their own skills and strength is often poor, as is their ability to judge foot or vehicular traffic,' the academy said.


'Their centre of gravity is higher than that of older children and adults, their neuromuscular system is not well developed and they are not sufficiently able to protect themselves from injury,' the group added.


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