Regular readers know that I am a dyed in the wool bicycle rider. But, I must confess that these e-scooters have sparked my imagination. They look like so much fun, BUT, you get NO exercise benefit from riding around on them. The places that I might use one for would deprive me of the exercise of walking or taking my bicycle, so I am confined to admiring them from afar. But, if you also find yourself interested in hopping on one, read the following with much care.
As pandemic restrictions begin to loosen around the country and summer temperatures rise, more people will be moving about on public rideshare electric scooters. With that comes this warning: Ride with safety.
A Henry Ford Health System study published in The Laryngoscope, shows that head and neck injuries caused by use of e-scooters have been on the rise since rideshare systems were introduced to the public in late 2017.
Kathleen Yaremchuk, M.D., Chair of the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery and the study’s senior author, said that a review of emergency visits in the last three years showed e-scooter injuries have increased significantly with many related to head and neck injuries. “Since e-scooters became a popular form of transportation in major cities, the number of injuries jumped significantly because they’ve become more available to more people,” said Dr. Yaremchuk.