Playground injury data is typically taken from children arriving at a hospital emergency room for treatment. This information provides an opportunity to review playgrounds and analyze problem areas where most injuries occur.
Playground injuries are the leading cause of injury to children in childcare and to children ages 5 to 14 in schools. Each year in the United States, emergency departments treat more than 200,000 children ages 14 and younger for playground-related injuries (Tinsworth, 2001). It is estimated that one-third of playground equipment-related deaths and 75 percent of playground equipment-related injuries occur on public playgrounds.
Data reported in Tinsworth D, McDonald J. (April 2001) Special Study: Injuries and Deaths Associated with Children’s Playground Equipment. Washington (DC): U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Data reported in O'Brien, C. (October 2009) Injuries and Investigated Deaths Associated with Playground Equipment, 2001-2008. Washington D.C: U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Data was obtained between 2001-2008 by the CPCS, National Electronic Surveillance System (NEISS). NEISS collects playground product- related data from a selected sample of more than 100 hospital emergency departments located throughout the United States. Thus, only emergency room injuries are recorded and the national statistics are estimates. All statistics have been adjusted to reflect out-of-scope cases that were reported to NEISS.
Data was obtained from Safe Kids Worldwide. (2016.). Retrieved March 26, 2016, from https://www.safekids.org/playgroundsafety
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40 deaths were associated with playground equipment between 2001-2008.