The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently released the results of a study regarding injuries and playgrounds in the United States. The 12 year evaluation determined that more children are being treated for playground injuries than in the past, and in particular more children are being seen with concussions and traumatic brain injuries as a result of these incidents. On playgrounds in Chicago and in other parts of the nation, swings and monkey bars are the playground structures most likely to cause injuries in youths under the age of 14.
While children will always get bumps and bruises when they engage in outdoor play, serious injuries can often be prevented when responsible parties take control and provide adequate safety precautions. For example, a set of money bars over a soft surface may be significantly less likely to cause children harm than a similar set of bars placed over an asphalt or concrete pad.