New study shows playground concussions on the rise

New study shows playground concussions on the rise
Published: May. 2, 2016 at 11:11 PM CDT|Updated: May. 3, 2016 at 1:14 AM CDT
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Children playing at the Scott City Park. (Source: Jasmine Dell/KFVS)
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(KFVS) - Playgrounds are supposed to be places of laughter and fun, but lately researchers are seeing an increase in playground injuries.

A new government study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds playground concussions are on the rise.

The study shows more and more kids are getting hurt, and the most likely culprits monkey bars and swings.

"Accidents happen, so I mean as much as we try to keep them safe and protect them...I mean it might still happen," Diana Barajas said.

Barajas is a mother of three and she said she is always watching her children closely when her and her kids to hit the playground.

"That doesn't surprise me at all, I know I've seen children fall from the swings maybe they're going a little too high and when they lean back they'll just fall and you know smack their head real hard on the ground," Barajas said.

She said when her children are on the playground she isn't always thinking about them getting a serious injury like a concussion.

"Sport events and things, I've seen concussions happen with that, but not so much on the playground," Barajas said. "I haven't seen that yet."

A new study from the CDC reveals some alarming numbers.

Half of head injuries occurred in kids between the ages of five and nine. The study also showed concussions were more common among boys.

Researchers believe the increase in concussions is directly linked to more kids being on the playgrounds as well, as a growing awareness about concussions.

"Anytime that we go to the playground I think any mom is just kind of watching and always trying to make sure that they're not getting a little too crazy falling, bumping heads, but I think no matter how much you watch them or protective you are of them...they always tend to ---something happens," Barajas said.

Researchers said adult supervision can help prevent injuries on the playground, as well as making sure park equipment is in a safe condition.

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