ATV Injuries: Is Your Child Safe To Ride One?
ATV Injuries: Is Your Child Safe To Ride One?

Show: Healthy Children - The Talk Show for Parents

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Dr. Charles Jennissen M.D.
ATV Injury Prevention
Topic Info
As all-terrain vehicle (ATV) use continues to grow, so does the number of injuries. Children comprise about one-third of the 130,000 to 150,000 ATV-related emergency department visits each year and one-quarter of the more than 800 deaths. In fact, more children are injured from ATV crashes each year than from bicycles. Charles A. Jennissen, MD, FAAP, lead author of the first study, “All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) Related Injuries: Mechanisms and Contributing Factors" comes on the show to give parents very valuable Safety Tips for ATV Riders.
Guest Info
Charles Jennissen, M.D., is director of Pediatric Emergency Medicine at University of Iowa Children’s Hospital in Iowa City. He is an associate clinical professor of emergency medicine and pediatrics at UI’s Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine.

Dr. Jennissen has a particular interest in injury prevention and has focused much of his research on projects related to all-terrain vehicles, equestrian helmets, and agricultural injuries. He presented several research abstracts at the American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference and Exhibition regarding ATV safety earlier this month including “All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) Related Injuries: Mechanisms and Contributing Factors,” “The Anticipatory Guidance Provided by Primary Healthcare Providers with Regards to ATV Safety and Injury Prevention,” and “Optimizing Seat Length Design to Minimize Extra Passengers on All-Terrain Vehicles.”

He earned his Bachelor of Science degree at St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minn., and earned his medical degree at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Jennissen served his pediatric residency at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.
Melanie Cole, M.S.
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