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Injuries associated with Heelys

Discussion in 'General Issues and Discussion Forum' started by Hylton Menz, Jan 28, 2007.

  1. Hylton Menz

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    From the journal Injury:


    Injury. 2007 Jan 17; [Epub ahead of print]

    Heely injuries: A new epidemic warranting a government health warning!

    Lenehan B, Callender O, McIntyre A, Boran S, Moore D, Fogarty E, Dowling F.

    INTRODUCTION: Heelys, the new craze gripping the nation, were first introduced to Ireland in 2005 having been available in the United States since 2000. Designed as "the only shoe with a removable wheel in the sole" and initially marketed among rollerbladers and skateboarders they have been adopted by children as contemporary footwear. MATERIAL AND METHODS: From April to June 2006, all patients presenting to trauma orthopaedic services at our institutions with injuries sustained while wearing Heelys were included in this study. RESULTS: Thirty-nine patients are included in this study. The mean age was 9.1 years (range 7-13, median 9 years). Of the 39 patients referred to the orthopaedic service, 8 required admissions to hospital. One patient admitted following a head injury, required craniotomy and evacuation of an extradural haematoma. CONCLUSION: The significance of the injuries encountered demonstrates the potentially devastating results from the use of Heelys. The public perception of safety is incorrect and manufacturers rightly recommend strongly the use of safety gear. (link...)​
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    Heelys and Street Gliders Injuries: A New Type of Pediatric Injury
    PEDIATRICS Vol. 119 No. 6 June 2007, pp. e1294-e1298
  4. deco

    deco Active Member

    I thought I'd seen it all, but this shocked me!!

    I was running an orthotic clinic and reviewed a child with spastic diplegia. The child required bilateral AFO's to counteract a crouched gait. I could not believe it when I seen that this child had wheelies!! The mother thought that this was great and of course that she wanted her child to be like any other child. What a combination; bilateral afo's, a K walker and wheelies!!

  5. Scorpio622

    Scorpio622 Active Member

    Cut the brake cables to the k walker so the kid can live on the edge.
  6. JB1973

    JB1973 Active Member

    Hi all,
    important to remember though that through everyones childhood we were on skateboards, bikes, trampolines, climed trees etc, etc. obviously care needs to be taken but lets not get too carried away. when i think of the stuff i did it makes heelys sound as dangerous as scrabble! :)
  7. :D :eek: You're a very bad person!!!

    Don't underestimate the risks of playing scrabbe. I was lucky to escape alive once! Game started friendly enough, then there was a dispute over the use of the word Qua on a double letter score. Voices were raised, things got heated, tiles got thrown.

    In the end one person lost the sight in their left eye and i had to have a tooth re implanted. It wasn't pretty. Sometimes late at night i can still hear the screaming!!!

    And don't even get me started on climing trees! ;)

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  9. twirly

    twirly Well-Known Member

    TV program last year (tried Google for possible research links without success) on the program it was stated that children learn more readily when risk is increased. ie. Children who roller skate, ride bikes etc utilise pathways in their brain to assess, analyse & avoid risk. It teaches them co-ordination and increases their ability to utilise spatial skills.

    That being said though I agree with Robert, the poster suggesting we cut the brakes (lol) is indeed a bad man.

    I suffered knee problems as a child. :boohoo:

    Consultant Orthopod said ''No skateboard''!

    Easy peasy , I made one myself, 1 pair of roller skates (undo butterfly nut & extend to full length).

    Take 1 piece of wood from dads shed when hes out. ;)

    Use dads best Stanley tools to affix wheels to wood. :hammer:


    Result =

    Consultant put me in leg cast for 9 months to deter my skating. :eek:

    Humbug. :bash:

    Robert, monopoly is even more dangerous. My brother (nasty boy) would always resort to violence if he was losing.

    Was ok though because I would spit in his tea when he wasn't looking. (worth a bruise or two I think).

    That was last year I am more grown up now. ;)
  10. Scorpio622

    Scorpio622 Active Member

    After watching the video- I now understand that the "i" stands for "injury". It is interesting that the demo video involves someone holding on to a shopping cart in a store with wide aisles and smooth clean tile flooring- not to mention the lack of customers. Trying this elsewhere puts the "i" in ishoes.
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    Pediatric Heelys Injuries.
    Aarons C, Iobst C, Lopez M.
    J Pediatr Orthop. 2008 July/August;28(5):502-505.
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    "Heely"-related injuries in children.
    Thing J, Wade D, Clark H.
    Emerg Med J. 2008 Sep;25(9):572-4.
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    Gait Changes with the Use of Heelys
    A Case Study

    Nathan Norem, Catherine Feuerstein, Vincent Traverso, Nancy Zomaya, Ryan Crews and James S. Wrobel
    Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association; Volume 99 Number 3 247-250 2009
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    A pair of Heelys

    Heelys, formerly known as Heeling Sports Limited, is a brand of roller shoe (marketed by Heelys, Inc.) that have one or more removable wheels embedded in each sole, similar to inline skates, allowing the wearer to walk, run, or, by shifting their weight to their heels, roll. Braking can be achieved by lowering the back of the foot so that sole contacts the ground.[1] Roger Adams patented Heelys in 1999.[2] The headquarters are located in Carrollton, Texas.[3]

    1. ^ Vioreanu, Mihai; Sheehan, Eoin; Glynn, Aaron; Casidy, Noelle; Stephens, Michael; McCormack, Damian (2007-06-01). "Heelys and Street Gliders Injuries: A New Type of Pediatric Injury". Pediatrics. 119 (6): e1294–e1298. doi:10.1542/peds.2006-2882. ISSN 0031-4005. PMID 17545360. 
    2. ^ Xan, Kiami (2 May 2012). "Heelys shoes". Retrieved 8 March 2017. Heelys in 1999 patented by Roger Adams and is to this day immensely popular today. 
    3. ^ Ross, Michael E. (2004-04-27). "Childhood passion grows into pop culture craze". msnbc.com. Retrieved 2008-12-01. 
  15. Not seen these for a while. The craze seems to have subsided thank goodness.


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