The number of children treated in emergency rooms for traumatic brain injuries sustained at a playground increased significantly between 2005 and 2013, according to a study to be published in the journal Pediatrics. (1)
The sutdy, by researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), found that:
- On average, more than 21,100 children age 14 and younger were treated for traumatic brain injuries annually over a 12-year period.
- About two-thirds of the injuries occurred at schools and recreational sports facilities, with the majority of those injured treated and released.
- Males accounted for 58 percent of the hospital visits, and more than half of the children treated were between ages 5 and 9.
- There were on average 214,883 playground injuries annually, despite industry standard improvements, such as playground surfacing that reduces the risk of injury and deaths from falls.
- Most injuries occurred on weekdays in April, May and September.
- Monkey bars, playground gyms and swings were the most frequently reported equipment associated with a traumatic brain injury.
1. Cheng TA, Bell JM, Haileyesus T, Gilchrist J, Sugerman DE, Coronado VG. Nonfatal Playground-Related Traumatic Brain Injuries Among Children, 2001-2013. Pediatrics 2015;137:e 20152721 (doi: 10.1542/peds.2015-2721).
Posted May 2, 2016