Spotlight on safety: keeping children safe while they play


Playgrounds are important places for children to have fun, explore, and grow. Children learn through play. However, playgrounds can also put children at risk for concussion.

Each year in the United States, emergency departments treat more than 200,000 children ages 14 and younger for playground-related injuries. About 45% of playground-related injuries are severe–fractures, internal injuries, concussions, dislocations, and amputations. About 75% of nonfatal injuries related to playground equipment occur on public playgrounds. Most occur at schools and daycare centers.

To help keep your child safe, make sure they are using playground equipment that is right for your child’s age. Check that playgrounds have soft material under them, such as wood chips, sand, or mulch.

After a fall or a bump to the head or body, look for one or more of these signs and symptoms of a concussion: headache or pressure in head, nausea or vomiting, balance problems or dizziness, or double or blurry vision, bothered by light or noise, feeling sluggish, hazy, foggy, or groggy, confusion, concentration or memory problems, or just not “feeling right.”

If you see any of these signs or symptoms and think your child has a concussion or other serious brain injury, seek medical attention right away.

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