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Playgrounds: Not Just a Splinter Anymore

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PlaygroundsGARDEN CITY, N.Y. – The word “concussion” is commonly associated with sports and in many cases, parents are taking their children off the playing field out of concern for their safety. According to a new report, concussions are occurring more often – not just on the gridiron or on the skating rink but in your own backyard.

A new study published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that traumatic brain injuries are steadily rising in frequency among children and most of the concussions resulted from playground injuries.

Researchers poured over data from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System from 2001 to 2013 and found that roughly 21,000 children under the age of 14 suffered brain injuries each year.

A Long Island personal injury attorney with Cellino & Barnes says the new information shows the importance of parental supervision.

“Splinters on those old wooden playgrounds used to be a parent’s biggest concern but we’re learning more about concussions every day in Long Island,” personal injury attorney Ross Cellino said. “Many parents believe their child has a high risk of getting a concussion by playing contact sports but playgrounds can be just as dangerous, if not more dangerous and children often require active supervision.”

The study’s authors said playground developers and municipalities need to rethink strategies and redesign play areas to reduce the number of injuries and the severity of those injuries at playgrounds.

“These may include improved adult supervision, methods to reduce child risk behavior, regular equipment maintenance, and improvements in playground surfaces and environments,” researchers wrote.

The statistics found that only 3 percent of the children injured were hospitalized or taken somewhere for additional treatment. Most of the children were simply sent home after treatment in the ER and safety advocates suspect that many more injuries go unreported.

“Playgrounds have a lot of solid, low-hanging objects and it can be easy for a child to take a heavy blow to the head,” Cellino said. “Although they may seem fine after a few minutes, concussions can have long-term negative side effects and it’s important to get children checked-out by a doctor if you even suspect they may have suffered a concussion.”

Long Island personal injury lawyers say traumatic brain injuries can happen almost anywhere and children are often more susceptible to such an injury. In some cases, your family may be entitled to compensation for your child’s injury.

Cellino & Barnes has been recognized by Best Lawyers, you can easily find a Long Island personal injury lawyer near you for a free consultation.

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