Read the following passages and then answer the questions.
More people get hurt snowboarding than any other outdoor activity, accounting for a quarter of emergency room visits. According to researchers, following snowboarding, sledding and hiking are major causes of injuries. The most common problems were broken bones and sprains, accounting for half of all cases.
The researcher Greenspan said: “We want people to participate in outdoor activities. But we want people to recognize that there is cause for concern, and people can and do get injured.” She further said that injuries can be avoided through planning and preparation making sure your fitness level and skills match the activity and using proper equipment.
Greenspan also mentioned that the study is the first to look at injuries from all activities, instead of individual sports or geographic areas. The researchers looked at data on juries from outdoor activities treated at 63 hospitals in 2004 and 2005. They calculated that almost 213.000 people were treated yearly for such injuries nationwide. About half of those injured are young between ages 10 and 24, and half of the injuries are caused by falls.
Males are injured at twice the rate of females, but the research did not look at the reasons. The reasons could be that males are more risky, or it could be that males participate more in outdoor activities than females, or a combination of both. Nearly 26 percent of the injures were from snowboarding followed by sledding (11 percent), hiking (6 percent), water skiing (4 percent), fishing (3 percent), and swimming (2 percent).
- What percentage of all injuries resulted in a broken bone or a sprain?