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Summer Injuries a Concern for Adults Too

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Summer is traditionally a season of relaxation, recreation and fun for adults and children alike, yet it's also the most common time for injuries to occur. Mark J. Lowell, M.D., assistant professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the U-M Health System, has some advice to help adults prevent these injuries and enjoy a safe summer.

"The summer months bring many more injuries to the Emergency Department than any other time of year," explains Lowell, medical director of Survival Flight, the U-M Health System's air ambulance service. "The most common cause of summer injury to adults is from automobile accidents."

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More drivers on the road

With the summer months come more drivers on the road, many of whom are out of school on summer break and relatively inexperienced, which leads to an increased number of crashes, he says. Drivers can help prevent crashes by being more aware of the number of cars on the road and remaining alert, not only for other cars but also for pedestrians.

The pedestrian death rate is highest among people age 65 or older, according to the Centers for Disease Control. This increased risk for older adult drivers and pedestrians may be due to vision problems and slower reflexes that can be experienced later in life.

While automobile accidents account for the most injuries treated in the ER, recreational injuries and accidents are also very common in the summer