PlaygroundsPlaygrounds are an opportunity for children to develop motor, cognitive, perceptual and social skills. Unfortunately, playgrounds are often the sites of accidental injuries. Each year more than 200,000 preschool and elementary school age children in the United States receive emergency department care for injuries that occurred on playground equipment. On average, 17 of these cases result in death each year. Almost 70% of these injuries occur on public playgrounds. Playground injuries are the leading cause of injury to children in childcare and to children ages 5 to 14 in schools. The majority (53 percent) of injuries that occur on public playgrounds involve climbing equipment, while the majority (67 percent) of injuries that occur on home playgrounds involve swings.
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