Tips for Playground and Sports Safety

Protect your child from falls, concussions, and other injuries this summer! Check out these tips for playground and sports safety now.

June 23, 2017 | HF Healthy Living Team

Playing outside is a fun and healthy activity for most children. But millions of kids end up in the emergency room every year because of falls and sports injuries. Click on the image below for some playground and sports safety tips to keep your child safe from injury this summer!

Signs of a Concussion and What to Do

Every year in the United States, more than 200,000 children age 14 and younger visit the emergency room because of playground injuries. One in ten of these children is treated for a traumatic brain injury (TBI), including concussion.

A concussion is a brain injury that occurs when an impact to the head causes the brain to twist or bounce against the sides of the skull. Concussion can cause chemical changes in the brain and can damage brain cells. Signs of concussion include:

  • Appearing dazed or stunned
  • Confusion or forgetfulness
  • Dizziness
  • Double or blurry vision
  • Headache or pressure in the head
  • Impaired movement, slowed responses, sluggishness, or grogginess
  • Loss of memory
  • Sensitivity to light or noise

If your child displays any of these symptoms or reports not feeling well after a bump or blow to the head, remove your child from sports or play and see his or her healthcare provider right away. Follow the provider’s instructions, and allow your child to return to school or sports only when approved by his or her doctor. Signs of concussion can often be delayed, so never try to treat the injury yourself.

If your child shows any of the following symptoms after a head injury, take him or her to the emergency room or call 9-1-1 right away, as these can be signs of a dangerous brain injury:

  • Change in behavior, mood, or personality
  • Restlessness or agitation
  • Constant headache that worsens over time
  • Inability to wake up
  • Loss of consciousness
  • One enlarged pupil
  • Slurred speech, weakness, numbness, or lack of coordination
  • Vomiting, nausea, convulsions, or seizures

Keep your child safe at the pool this summer by following these safety tips!

 

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Sources
“Child Safety and Injury Prevention,” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. March 28, 2017.
https://www.cdc.gov/safechild/

“Concussion Information Sheet,” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. May 2015.
https://www.cdc.gov/headsup/pdfs/youthsports/parent_athlete_info_sheet-a.pdf

“Falls Prevention Tips,” Safe Kids Worldwide. Accessed May 26, 2017.
https://www.safekids.org/tip/falls-prevention-tips

“Safety Tips for Children at Play,” Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Accessed May 26, 2017.
https://www.cincinnatichildrens.org/service/c/ccic/injury-prevention/play

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