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Playgrounds aren’t always all fun and games

Medical X-Press – Staff Writer

“Playgrounds are supposed to be fun. But rusty bars, litter and poorly maintained equipment can make these seemingly kid-friendly zones downright dangerous, according to a group of emergency medicine physicians. More than 200,000 children are treated in the emergency department each year for playground-related injuries—a dramatic increase in recent years, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. And about 20,000 of those children get treated for a traumatic brain injury, including concussion, every year. Kids can also break a bone, or even develop internal bleeding due to accidents that occur on a playground.”(more)

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