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Doctors See Increase in Activity Injuries In Summer

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As the weather warms up, Genesis Health System says it will see about three times the traumas it would see in the winter time.

“It has to do with the fact people are more active,” said Genesis Chief Medical Officer Dr. Joseph Lohmuller. “People are doing more outdoor activities. People are engaged physically more. They are out on motorcycles, bicycles and things that are associated with being injured.”

Dr. Lohmuller said on average Genesis will see on major trauma a day in the summer or about 25 to 30 per month in May, June, July and August. In the winter months, the system averages about 10 to 12 per month.

As the number of activity injuries increases this time of year, Dr. Lohmuller said many of them can be prevented.

“It's the things doctors always tell people that they're not necessarily always wanting to do,” said Dr. Lohmuller. “Exercise regularly to stay fit, eat right, don't smoke, don't drink too much and wear your seatbelt.”

With more people spending time outdoors, Dr. Lohmuller also says it’s important people wear protective clothing and sunblock to protect themselves from the sun’s harmful rays.

“Sun exposure in general is bad, although it feels good to be outside,” he said. “It's one of those things that creates a number of problems for patients health.”

Protecting children from the sun is also particularly important.

“If children get a bad sunburn, their chance of melanoma later in life is significantly elevated and melanoma is one of the most deadly cancers we have,” he said.

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