Kids are going to fall, slip and trip. However, we can protect them from serious injuries. Playground falls are the leading cause of injury for children 5 to 9 years. Supervision is the most important component to prevent serious playground injuries. Having an appropriate safety surface under both home and public playgrounds is another key way to prevent injuries from occurring on playgrounds.
Another 135 children are killed each year as bicyclists. Helmet use can reduce the risk of head injury by 85 percent and severe brain injury by 88 percent.
More than 46.5 million children participate in sports each year in the United States. One in three children who plays a team sport is injured seriously enough to miss practice or games. Most organized sports-related injuries occur during practice rather than in games. The most common types of sports-related injuries among children are sprains, muscle strains, bone or growth plate injuries, repetitive motion injuries and heat-related illness.