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The Most Common Playground-Related Injuries and 8 Tips to Prevent Them

Posted on Wed, May 17, 2017

Playground-Related Injuries

Playgrounds are a fun way for kids to get exercise, but can be very dangerous if the proper precautions aren’t taken. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) more than 200,000 kids, ages 14 or younger, are treated for playground-related injuries each year. From rusty bars and poorly maintained equipment to slips and falls, these seemingly kid-friendly zones can be downright hazardous.

Playground-Related-Injuries.jpgCommon Playground-Related Injuries

Approximately 75 percent of playground-related injuries occur in public places, most of which are at schools or daycare centers. Of those injuries, more than 50 percent are fractures, contusions or abrasions.

The most commonly concerned equipment includes the monkey bars, slides and swings.

Preventing Playground-Related Injuries

According to the CDC, playground-related traumatic brain injuries have increased over the past few years. Although we encourage caregivers to promote healthy lifestyles by inspiring children to get outside and play, we want to make sure they’re as safe as possible. Despite safety standard efforts, injuries still remain a concern.

Here are 8 ways to stay safe and prevent playground injuries this summer:

1. Supervise. Closely supervise children, young and old, at all times.
2. Inspect. Make sure the facility is properly maintained. Look for broken equipment, trash or other debris than can cause injury.
3. Avoid. Stay away from playgrounds that have concrete, asphalt, hard-packed dirt or grass. Instead, find playgrounds with shock-absorbing materials like rubber mats.
4. Monitor. If too many children are using the equipment making it difficult for you to safely monitor your child, choose another time when it’s not as crowded.
5. Restrict. Make sure your children are only playing on age-appropriate equipment. Younger children are more susceptible to injuries when they play on equipment designed for older age groups.
6. Dress. Ensure your child’s peripheral vision is not blocked by caps or hoodies and prevent choking hazards by avoiding clothing with strings.
7. Teach. Teach your children to follow the rules. To stay safe, remind them not to push or shove others and never walk in the path of a moving swing.
8. Block. Be careful in the sun. Sunscreen, while important to use, can make hands slippery, and metal equipment exposed to direct sunlight on hot days can cause burns.

What to Do in the Event of a Playground-Related Injury

Many playground injuries can be avoided if parents are mindful about the risks, and teach their children to follow safety rules. But, in the event your child experiences muscular or joint pain from a playground-related injury, ice the affected area to reduce swelling and pain as soon as possible. If they’re still experiencing pain after a few days of rest or your child is visibly in pain, it’s best to see a doctor to ensure the condition doesn’t get worse.

If you suspect a broken or fractured bone, internal injury, laceration, head injury or dislocation, seek medical attention immediately. Visit eMedical Urgent Care for fast pediatric care with onsite x-ray and lab services for quick diagnoses.

Contact our location in Berkeley Heights, New Jersey 908.464.6700, or Middletown, New Jersey 732.957.0707: both of our offices are open 7 days week, 365 days a year.

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