Many people often reminisce about the "good old days" prior to children playing with electronics and other devices. Oftentimes parents are seen longing for children to spend more time on the playground in order to get some time outdoors. While a playground is a great source of a child's activity and fun, these sites of merriment and play hold hidden dangers of injury...and not just a scraped knee. A recent study has shown that playgrounds can potentially become the site of traumatic brain injuries in children.
Injuries On The Playground
The study was conducted by the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. The study focused on data for injury rates in children accrued from 2005 through 2013. The subjects of the study were children under the age of 14. The study found that during those years there was a significant increase in the amount of children that had to go to the emergency room for traumatic brain injuries. The study also pointed out that boys suffered brain injuries slightly more often than girls. Just over 50% of the children were between the ages of 5 and 9 years old. A majority of the injuries reported occurred in incidents related to two classic playground favorites: the monkey bars and the swings. The researchers draw conclusions that the rising injury statistics can be explained by increased playground time for kids, and also increased awareness in both parents and doctors regarding the potential dangers of a child's head injuries.
Traumatic brain injuries can lead to cognitive disorders or complications later on in life if not attended to properly. Kids who suffer a traumatic brain injury at a young age have a higher risk for anxiety, depression, and a number of other potential mental health issues later on in life. What may seem like a hard hit may actually be something much more serious. No one expects to suffer long term effects from a simple childhood game. Researchers of the study claim that it is important for both parents to know the signs of a traumatic brain injury, and also for playgrounds to make use of safer equipment.
When Your Child Is Injured...
Injuries on the playground can come in may forms. The most common forms are the easy ones: skinned knees, bruised arms, or the cuts and scrapes of childhood. The uncommon injuries can be broken bones, fractured skulls, or other serious injuries that need immediate medical attention.
Although not every injury on the playground is preventable, many could be much less severe with safer playground equipment. Schools, summer camps, public parks, and the like all have a responsibility to ensure that their play areas are safe, and do not cause negligent harm to their occupants.
If your child has been injured on the playground, you may have a case. Contact the team at Gilman and Bedigian today.