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Safety 2015, 1(1), 28-43; doi:10.3390/safety1010028

Getting a Hold of Skitching

1,2,†,* and 1,2,†
1
College of Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences, James Cook University, Townsville, Queensland 4811, Australia
2
World Safety Organization Collaborating Centre for Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion, James Cook University, Townsville, Queensland, 4811, Australia
These authors contributed equally to this work.
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Academic Editor: Raphael Grzebieta
Received: 3 August 2015 / Accepted: 4 November 2015 / Published: 10 November 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Feature Papers)
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Abstract

Skitching is the act of hitching a ride on a vehicle while riding/using a non-motorized wheeled device (e.g., skateboard or bicycle). To date there has been little discussion of skitching beyond media reports on the serious and often fatal ramification of this activity. To rectify this and improve our understanding of skitching including: who participates; circumstances and motivation; and possible injury prevention strategies, informed by the Haddon’s Matrix, an integrative review was undertaken. To gain a comprehensive overview, the review encapsulated information from a variety of sources including peer reviewed literature, grey and popular internet sources including news and social media. There was an absence of literature from which strong conclusions could be made; however, some preliminary insights were obtained. A key participant group is young males, likely a function of their use of non-motorized wheeled devices, adolescent risk taking and the influence of peers, such that the behavior amongst this group is largely thought to be opportunistic. A number of prevention strategies are proposed including targeting young males and young drivers, provision of/retrofitting skate parks, educating young drivers and improving helmet use. There is also a need to incorporate coding into injury data collections to capture skitching. View Full-Text
Keywords: adolescents; recreation; Haddon’s Matrix; risk; Motor Vehicle–Non Traffic adolescents; recreation; Haddon’s Matrix; risk; Motor Vehicle–Non Traffic
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Franklin, R.C.; King, J.C. Getting a Hold of Skitching. Safety 2015, 1, 28-43.

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