Sledding is a popular thing to do across the country during the winter, but a new study finds it might be a higher-risk activity than you might think. Researchers from Nationwide Children’s Hospital found that over 220,400 patients were treated in U.S. emergency departments for injuries related to sledding between 2008 and 2017. Sixty-three percent were injured sledding due to a collision, either with an object in the environment (47%), when they hit the ground (16%), or when they ran into another person (10%) or sled (7%). People who were injured in a collision were also more likely to get a head injury, and more than twice as likely to be hospitalized than patients injured in other ways. The good news is that the rate of sledding-related injuries treated in U.S. hospital emergency rooms decreased over the ten-year study period, but despite this, over 13,000 patients were still treated for sledding-related injuries in the most recent year of the study. Study author, Dr. Lara McKenzie says “[…] the fact that these injuries are still happening at this rate means we need to do a better job at getting information out about the potential dangers associated with sledding and what families can do to prevent the injuries from occurring so this can remain a fun family activity.”