A recentÂ article on MSNBC.COMdiscussed the hazards to childrenÂ of shoes with the wheels in the heel. The most recognized brand of these shoes, Heelys, Inc.,Â have been linked to numerous injuries in young people around the world. Those injuries have ranged from the usual scrapes and bruisesÂ to broken bones and head contusions.
To Heelys defense there is a warning sticker on their shoes that proper protection is encouraged, butÂ who heeds those things.
Here are some questions to ponder:
Are Heelys really any more dangerous than a bicycle or skateboard or trampoline? How many yearsÂ did it takeÂ from the invention of the bicycle for helmets to be a standard piece of equipment when riding? What would the impact be of applying those same safety precautions to Heelys? How many pre-teens are willing to be caught heelingÂ through the Mall with a Heeling Helmet and wrist and knee pads?
As a mode of transportation the use of a Heely is right up there with the Razor Scooter. They are novel ideas that will come and goÂ just as other gimmicks and fashions. In the meantime parents need to educate themselves on what Heelys really are and the inherent hazards associated with them.Â Then maybe they shouldÂ contemplateÂ whether they want their child to be one of these Heelers running down innocent shoppersÂ at theÂ Target or Wal-MartÂ in their home town.