Young Girl Injured on Playground During Recess
A woman from Yazoo City is pushing for changes after her daughter suffered a head injury while playing on a school playground.
About the Child's Injury
In Yazoo City, Mississippi, a 6-year-old girl fell from equipment on a school playground and hit her head on a piece of exposed concrete. The child immediately ran to find her teacher, who was not aware that the child had fallen.
Her clothes and hair were covered in blood by the time they reached the nurses office which provided first aid to the child while the school attempted to call her mother. After being unable to reach the child’s mother they called her aunt whom they advised to seek additional medical treatment for the young child.
In a news report, the mother said that she was not getting the response she wanted from the school, so that’s when she decided to contact the local news station. The young girl, is said to have gotten several stitches to close up her injuries, but that she will also recover just fine.
Playground Injury Statistics
The following information was provided by the National Program for Playground Safety:
- Between 2001- 2008, an average of 218, 851 preschool and elementary children received emergency department care for injuries that occurred on playground equipment.
- 40 deaths were associated with playground equipment between 2001-2008.
- Top four equipment pieces associated with injuries: Climbers- 23%, Swings- 22%, Slides-17%, Overhead ladders- 9%
- Most Common Injuries are: Fractures- 36%, Contusions/Abrasions- 20%, Lacerations- 17%, Strains and Sprains- 12%, Internal/ Organs- 5%, Concussions- 2%, Other- 3%