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A major health threat facing young people today is unintentional injury. High-risk behaviors contributing to injury continue to threaten the health and the quality of life during adolescence, defined here as ages 10 through 19 years. In fact, more adolescents in USA die from injuries than from all other causes of death combined (CDC 2010a; Sleet et al. 2010).

Injuries have plagued adolescents throughout history. US President Theodore Roosevelt, in a letter of admonishment to his young son, Ted, in 1903, cautioned him not to take unnecessary injury risks:

I am judging for you as I would for myself. When I was young and rode across country I was light and tough, and if I did, as actually happened, break an arm or a rib, no damage ensued and no scandal was caused. Now I am stiff and heavy, and any accident to me would cause immense talk, and I do not take the chance; simply because it is not worthwhile. On the other hand, if I should now go to war and have a brigade as I had my regiment...

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Sleet, D.A., Ballesteros, M.F., Borse, N.N. (2011). Injuries. In: Levesque, R.J.R. (eds) Encyclopedia of Adolescence. Springer, New York, NY. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-1695-2_370

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