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Anything with wheels - bikes, skateboards, scooters, etc. - can be really dangerous, especially for kids.

"Kids will definitely keep us busy this summer," said Dr. Mike Pyevich with ORA Orthopedics.

A scooter has its own challenges, though.

"Scooters are just as bad as bikes," Dr. Pyevich said. "You can go just as fast on  a scooter and I think you have even less control than you do with a bicycle."

8-year-old Nina found that out the hard way. She broke her arm after riding her scooter down a hill.

"I leaned too much and I skid and I fell," she explained.

She's not the only one. In 2009, there were more than 67,000 visits to the Emergency Room for scooter-related injuries. Of those, 88% were related to foot-propelled scooters.

However, Dr. Pyevich said there is some good news - kids can bounce back quicker than adults when it comes to broken bones.

"They're the closest things we have to a starfish where you cut off one of the arms and it'll grow back, but this sort of thing they can remodel whereas adults can't do that," he explained. "That's the beauty of a growing skeleton."

Even though Nina's bone isn't perfectly lined up, her growth plates will do most of the repair work.

"You take an X-ray 6 months from now and you'll never even know she broke it," Dr. Pyevich said.

That being said, most scooter injuries are preventable. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons recommends that children under the age of 8 not use scooters. It also suggests wearing a helmet, wrist protectors, and knee/elbow pads. For more tips, click here.

ORA Orthopedics has even more advice regarding the most common summertime injuries as well as the dangers of trampolines. For more on those stories, click on the links below:

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