Summer for many Americans is a time for outdoor activities, including trips to playgrounds with children. The nation's emergency physicians encourage everyone to have fun and stay active in parks and playgrounds throughout the summer, but urge parents and guardians of children to be aware of injuries that can occur in a matter of seconds if everyone's not careful.
"In many cases, a playground injury may include a minor cut or a scrape," said Dr. Angela Gardner, president of the American College of Emergency Physicians. "But parents need to be aware that playground injuries can be much more serious, even fatal. Every year, emergency physicians see more than 200,000 children coming from a playground with head, neck and spinal cord injuries, internal bleeding and strangulation."
Facts about Playground Injuries:
- Nearly 80 percent of all injuries were caused by falls, according to the National Playground Safety Institute.
- About 45 percent of playground-related injuries are severe and include fractures, internal injuries, concussions and dislocations, according to CDC.
- About 75 percent of nonfatal injuries involving playground equipment occur on public playgrounds, most of which are at schools and daycare centers.
Preventing Playground Injuries: