School playground injuries on the rise

Playground injuries leading to bigger health problems down the road

WESTON, Fla. – From schools to parks, more emergency rooms are seeing an increase in kids who are getting hurt on playground equipment. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently announced the numbers that show serious playground injures are on the rise.

Many of these injuries are coming from kids playing on swing sets and monkey bars.

Of the more than 215,000 kids who were treated in emergency rooms for playground injuries every year, 10 percent of have brain injuries and most of them are concussions.

If they are not diagnosed, some of these injuries can lead to permanent brain damage. Doctors say parents should look for the warning signs. This includes confusion, dizziness, headaches, nausea, and vomiting.

When your kids are on the equipment, you should make sure it has a synthetic material to cushion any falls. Parents should also keep an eye on their kids and make sure the equipment is age appropriate.




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Kristi Krueger has built a solid reputation as an award-winning medical reporter and effervescent anchor. She joined Local 10 in August 1993. After many years co-anchoring the 6 p.m. and 11 p.m., Kristi now co-anchors the noon newscasts, giving her more time in the evening with her family.