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Minnesota Injury Facts, 2004 Edition: Recreational Injuries, Minnesota

Millions of Americans visit hospital emergency departments each year because of recreation- and sports-related injuries. Minnesotans have a passion for the outdoors and recreational safety is a year-round issue.

Boating Deaths
According to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, in 2003 Minnesota recorded 17 deaths in 14 incidents (compared to 30 deaths in 23 accidents in 2002). Minnesota's death rate was 2 deaths per 100,000 registered boats, compared to the national average of 5.7 /100,000. Life jackets were worn by only 2 out of the 17 victims (in one case, hypothermia was a contributing factor. In the other, the victim was struck by a boat while riding a personal watercraft). Alcohol use was reported in 4 out of 14 accidents (29%).

Non-Fatal Boating Incidents
Ninety-four non-fatal incidents were reported, involving 124 boats, 77 injuries and $618,850 in property damage. In 2002 there were 135 reportable non-fatal incidents involving 197 boats, 77 injuries and $407,242 in property damage.

Non-Boating Water Fatalities
In 2003 there were 32 drownings (compared to 42 in 2002). The most common activities:

  • unexpected falls or entry into the water (40%)
  • swimming / wading (38%)
  • fell thru the ice (6%)
Source: Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
More information about boating/water-related deaths at http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/safety/boatwater/factsheet.html

Snowmobiling, All-Terrain Vehicles, and Hunting
During the 2003-2004 snowmobiling season, 242 injuries and 13 deaths were reported to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Forty-six percent of the deaths involved alcohol.

In 2003, 18 people were killed in all-terrain-vehicle (ATV) crashes and another 228 were injured.

Thirty people received gunshot injuries and one was killed in hunting-related incidents in 2003.

Source: Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
More information about hunting, snowmobiling and ATV deaths and injuries at http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/enforcement/incidentreports/index.html

Recreational injuries, U.S.
  • Consumer Product Safety Commission, http://www.cpsc.gov/LIBRARY/data.html


  • Additional Pages
    Fatal injuries, Minnesota
    Non-fatal injuries, Minnesota
    All injuries, U.S.
  • Centers for Disease Control, http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/ss5307a1.htm


  • Traffic injuries, Minnesota
    Traffic injuries, U.S.
  • National Center for Statistics and Analysis, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, U.S. DOT, http://www.nhtsa.gov/NCSA


  • Workplace injuries, Minnesota
    Workplace injuries, U.S.
  • Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, http://www.bls.gov/bls/safety.htm
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Centers for Disease Control, http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/docs/chartbook/


  • Injuries in the home, Minnesota
    Injuries in the home, U.S.
  • Consumer Product Safety Commission, http://www.cpsc.gov/LIBRARY/data.html


  • Minnesota injuries by age
  • Minnesota Injury Facts, Ages 1-19
  • Minnesota Injury Facts, Ages 20-39
  • Minnesota Injury Facts, Ages 40-59
  • Minnesota Injury Facts, Ages 60-85+

  • Minnesota Department of Health:
  • Ten Leading Causes of Nonfatal Hospitalized Injury by Age Group, Minnesota 1998-2001
  • Ten Leading Causes of Nonfatal ED-treated Injury by Age Group, Minnesota 1998-2001


  • Minnesota injuries by gender Minnesota injuries by costs
  • Minnesota Department of Health, http://www.health.state.mn.us/injury/pub/ed2001/index.cfm (see "Impact")
  • Minnesota Department of Public Safety, http://www.dps.state.mn.us/ots/crashdata/codes_project.asp


  • Prevention recommendations