Play safe and minimize injuries on the playground

Play safe and minimize injuries on the playground

ROSEMONT, Ill. (August 15, 2018)–Playgrounds are a fun place for kids to let loose and get their daily dose of exercise. Exercise is essential to a child’s development as it helps them maintain a healthy body weight and build strong bones and muscles. However, if playground equipment is not properly used and maintained, injuries can occur.
 
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in 2016, emergency departments, doctors’ offices and clinics treated:  
The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) and the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America (POSNA) encourage parents and guardians to educate kids about their risks of injuries on the playground and encourage them to play safely.
 
EXPERT ADVICE
 
“Many injuries happen when you least expect it,” said AAOS spokesperson and pediatric orthopaedic surgeon John Gaffney, DO. “Parents and guardians should closely monitor children during play and talk to them ahead of time about the importance of proper playground equipment use.”
 
The AAOS and POSNA recommend the following playground safety tips for parents:
 

 
 
For children:
   
More Information about the AAOS
With more than 38,000 members, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons is the world’s largest medical association of musculoskeletal specialists. The AAOS provides educational programs for orthopaedic surgeons and allied health professionals, champions and advances the highest quality musculoskeletal care for patients, and is the authoritative source of information on bone and joint conditions, treatments and related issues. 


For more playground safety tips visit, OrthoInfo.org.

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