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January 15, 2013

What would you do if a shattered arm crushed your swimming dreams?

Gabriela hit the wall. First.

A playground accident left 9-year old Gabriela’s arm severely damaged. Six months later, Gabriela was back winning races, thanks to advanced orthopaedic surgery — and a young girl’s gumption.

Read Gabriela’s story and find your own inspiration at

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) and the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America (POSNA) are working together to increase playground safety awareness. Playgrounds can be exciting, fun places for children to build dexterity and make friends. And, orthopaedists want to help ensure that playgrounds remain a fun place for children.

Fight for Your Mobility! You can’t prevent every fall or injury, but here are some tips to help keep children safe:

For adults:
  • Don’t ride down slides with your baby or young child in your lap.
  • The safest playground surfaces consist of shock-absorbing uniform materials, such as rubber mats, or loose fill such as double-shredded bark mulch, engineered wood fibers, sand and fine or medium gravel of suitable depth.
  • Steer children to age- and size-appropriate playground equipment.
For kids:
  • Don’t play on wet equipment where kids are more likely to slip and fall.
  • Don’t crowd around the exit areas of slides, swings or merry-go-rounds.
  • Wait until the swing stops before you get off.
For more playground safety tips and other bone and joint health resources, visit and

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