Active play time has never been more important for kids in our digitally over-connected world. Not only do kids get moving on the playground but they connect and build their social skills, which is important for their overall development. Unfortunately, playgrounds come with their own set of safety risks, leading to serious injury among kids.
Follow these tips to keep your child safe on the playground and prevent trauma injuries:
Be alert – Actively watch over your child; sit in a spot where your child is in your direct view. Direct your child to a play area that is appropriate for his or her age.
Inspect play areas – Avoid taking your children to play areas that are unsafe. Ensure that playground equipment is well-maintained and has soft, shock-absorbing surfaces such as wood chips, mulch, synthetic turf or rubber that cushions your child against falls.
Discuss playground safety – Talk to your child about observing certain rules such as waiting their turn and using their words versus pushing or shoving.
Dress your child appropriately – Avoid loose clothing items or accessories such as scarves or necklaces that could get caught in playground equipment and lead to a fall or strangulation.
While team sports are excellent ways for kids to stay active and learn the importance of discipline and team work, they also put them at risk for trauma injury, especially concussions. A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury, caused by a blow to the head or body that alters the way your brain functions or causes related symptoms.
Refer to our tips for preventing sports-related trauma injuries or concussions:
Wear protective equipment: Athletes should wear appropriate and properly fitting protective gear for their sport, such as helmets, mouth guards, shoulder and knee pads, and shin guards.
Take precautions before returning to play: Athletes with suspected concussions should not be allowed to return to play until they have been evaluated by a doctor. For more information, read our Coach/Parent Guide For Return to Play.
Follow rules: Follow proper rules of play and use appropriate techniques to minimize the risk of injury.
Recognize signs of a concussion: Coaches and parents should educate themselves as well as their athletes or children to recognize signs of a concussion. For more information, visit our Concussions section . Athletes should be required to report head injuries, even if they feel fine.