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Published on Jul 12, 2012 by Edgar Snyder

Do Parents Contribute to Playground Injuries?

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Parents do what they can to keep their kids safe at playgrounds, supervising and helping as much as possible. Apparently, it's possible to help too much – according to a study, parents are the number one cause of a certain type of injury.

According to researchers from Winthrop University, 100 percent of lower leg bone fractures that occurred on slides happened in children who were riding down the slide on a parent's lap. In contrast, the study found that no injuries were reported for children who slid alone.

Instead of concentrating on slides, researchers say that parents should focus on limiting heights and making sure play surfaces are soft. This is because 67 percent of all playground injuries are from falls, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

The CPSC reported that in 2008 there were over 220,000 ER visits from kids injured on playgrounds, representing an increase from the 1999 estimate of 205,000. Of the injuries reported, bruises, cuts, fractures, and sprains made up 85 percent of all visits.

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"How Protective Parents Imperil Kids at the Playground." ABC News. April 27, 2012.
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