Playground peril

2019-03-06 10:07:05

BEWARE those swings and roundabouts. Children are more likely to injure themselves seriously in the playground than in car or bicycle crashes, say researchers at the Children’s Hospital Medical Center of Cincinnati, Ohio. They analysed 920,551 cases between 1992 and 1997 where children were brought to casualty departments. “The severity of playground injuries is under-appreciated,” says team leader Kieran Phelan. More children are severely hurt on the roads than in playground falls. But when a playground casualty went to hospital, the child was twice as likely to be severely hurt. Children aged five to nine are most at risk,