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Putting the pain in paintball

Ready? Aim. Paintball. Every day, almost 60 hospital visits nationwide are for air and paintball gun injuries. If you like to gamble, it’s not a guessing game who they’re for. Statistics show this. Males are five times as likely to be admitted for such an injury than females.

Ryan Mutter is a senior economist at HHS’ Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

“Sixty percent of visits to the emergency department for air and paintball gun injuries were for children and adolescents seventeen and younger. Of that group, of the total, more than 25 percent were for children age 10 to 14.” (16 seconds)

Most common injuries include open wounds to the head, neck and extremities.

Learn more at hhs.gov.

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