A home treadmill can be a source of serious injury to a child. Most injuries involve the upper extremity and head.


Skin injuries:

(1) burn (which can be third degree)

(2) contusion or abrasion

(3) laceration


Limb injuries:

(1) strain or sprain

(2) avulsion

(3) crush injury

(4) fracture

(5) amputation


Other injuries:

(1) facial or scalp injury

(2) traumatic brain injury


Preventive measures:

(1) keeping children away from the treadmill while in use

(2) keeping an eye on children

(3) improved device safety features

(4) training parents about the dangers of a treadmill


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