5 Tips to Prevent Injuries at Playtime
Dr. Shevaun Doyle, Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon at Hospital for Special Surgery and also a mom, shares her top five tips to prevent injury while children are at play:
1. Parents should not go down a slide with children. While many think this prevents injury, it can actually do more harm than good. Sliding with a child can often lead to lower extremity injuries.
2. An easy way to prevent trampoline accidents – only allow one person on at a time. While it’s fun to play together, this can often lead to collisions.
3. Keep in mind that playgrounds and recess may be more dangerous than gym class. Gym classes are usually safer because they are often held in smaller, more confined areas, use mats and are organized by a teacher or coach.
4. Guide children on the monkey bars to ensure they don’t fall off and have proper arm support to prevent upper extremity fractures, dislocations and muscle pulls.
5. Be mindful of playground surfaces! Are children playing on a hard-top, grass, turf or wood chips? Different surfaces lend themselves to different injuries or levels of protection from fractures, bumps and bruises. The softer the surface, the better.