Playground Injuries Spike in September, but Back-to-School Doesn't Have to Equal Emergency Room Visits
CastCoverZ!, leader in cast covers and orthopedic gear states that although playground accidents are a leading cause of injury for school-aged children, playground accidents and trips to the ER can be avoided.
HOLLISTER, CA (August 2011) – Books? Check! Pencils? Check! Crutches? Sling? Injuries are not what come to mind when thinking back-to-school time, but it is a fact that 40% of all injuries occur at the beginning and the end of every school year, according to the national organization, SafeKidsUSA. Most accidents, nearly 70 percent, occur on public playgrounds, including school playgrounds. More than one-third of all playground injuries are severe, with children experiencing fractures, internal injuries, concussions, and dislocations. Of all playground equipment-related injuries, nearly 70 percent involves falls to the surface, and 10 percent involve falls onto the equipment.
CastCoverZ!, the world leader in brace, splint, boot and cast covers, patient-requested waterproof and orthopedic gear, realize that although sales spike during back-to-school time, most of these injuries are preventable. They encourage parents, caretakers, and educators to do their own "back-to-school" education to know the facts and prevention tips to avoid accidents. Annette Giacomazzi, founder and owner of CastCoverZ! says, "playground injuries are the leading cause of injury among children ages 5 to 14 in the school environment, with falls being the highest offender. My 10 year old daughter was standing on top of a fairly new play structure and fell seven feet, hitting a piece of equipment on the way down and snapping her humerus, the large bone in her upper arm." Giacomazzi added, "The facts support that playground-related injuries occur during two distinct seasons, the beginning and end of every school year. Anecdotally and from a mother's point of view, children are distracted from thinking about safety because of the excitement of the start of the school year or the end of school. Being safe is the farthest thing from their mind. It is the parents, educators, and playground supervisor's job to alert our children about the potential dangers of school playgrounds."
The good news is most playground injuries are preventable. SafeKidsUSA recommends the following tips to prevent avoidable injuries on the school playground:
Look for age-appropriate equipment and hazards (such as rusted or broken equipment and dangerous surfaces)
Avoid playing on non-impact absorbing surfaces like concrete or gravel
Remove hood and neck drawstrings from all children's outerwear to avoid strangulation hazards
Remove bike helmets before using any playground equipment
Children must be supervised when using playground equipment
Teach children proper playground behavior: no pushing, shoving, or crowding
Giacomazzi added, "there's a general rule of thumb that if a child falls greater height than he or she is tall, the likelihood of severe injury (concussion, stitched, fractures, or worse) increases significantly. My child's horrific fall and severe fracture could have been completely prevented." Now is the time to add to your back-to-school list a visual check of your school's playground and have a discussion with your children and your school's playground supervisors about safety on the playground. To learn more about CastCoverZ! or to get more back-to-school injuries facts, visit www.CastCoverZ.com or subscribe to the CastCoverZ! Heal Better, Feel Better blog at http://blog.castcoverz.com.
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