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CDC Releases New Research and HEADS UP Fact Sheet on Playground Safety

May 09, 2016

Playgrounds provide an important opportunity for children to have fun, explore, and grow. Children learn through play and need opportunities to take risks, test their limits, and learn new skills through free play. Unfortunately, injuries can happen on the playground, even serious ones. A new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study finds that emergency departments see more than 20,000 kids (ages 14 and under) for playground-related traumatic brain injury (TBI) each year. These visits occur more frequently during the months of April, May, and September.

As the weather warms up, take a moment to become familiar with both the risks of playground equipment and effective injury prevention strategies—let’s promote playground safety!

Source: CDC's HEADS UP Campaign