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Playground Injuries: Fact Sheet


Each year in the United States, emergency departments treat more than 200,000 children ages 14 and younger for playground-related injuries (Tinsworth 2001).

Occurrence and Consequences

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In 1995, playground-related injuries among children ages 14 and younger cost an estimated $1.2 billion (Office of Technology Assessment 1995).

Groups at Risk

Risk Factors

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Office of Technology Assessment, U.S. Congress. Risks to Students in School. Washington (DC): U.S. Government Printing Office; 1995.

Phelan KJ, Khoury J, Kalkwarf HJ, Lanphear BP. Trends and patterns of playground injuries in United States children and adolescents. Ambulatory Pediatrics 2001;1(4):227�.

Suecoff SA, Avner JR, Chou KJ, Crain EF.  A Comparison of New York City Playground Hazards in High- and Low-Income Areas.  Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine 1999;153:363�

Tinsworth D, McDonald J. Special Study: Injuries and Deaths Associated with Children抯 Playground Equipment. Washington (DC): U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission; 2001.

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Content Source: National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention
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