Playgrounds are supposed to be safer than ever. So why are more injuries being reported? A new study shows the number of playground-related brain injuries has risen steadily over the past decade, from 18,000 in 2001 to 29,000 in 2013.
“I think part of the increase is an increased parental awareness of concussions and other brain injuries,” says Cindy Gellner, M.D., a pediatrician with University of Utah Health Care. “Of course, there also are more kids playing on playgrounds, and sometimes there is a bit more roughness.”