Each year, more than 200,000 children under the age of 15 are sent to the emergency room for playground injuries. About 75% of these nonfatal injuries occur at public playgrounds, which include schools and daycare centers.
Common Playground Injuries
The largest age group needing emergency room visits are children from age five to nine; these injuries mostly occurred at school playgrounds. The school equipment causing the most injuries is climbing apparatus. (Note to parents: A majority of playground fatalities (70%) occur on home playgrounds, and swings cause the most serious home injuries.)