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The most common type of injury from the playground is a fall from monkey bars. This can result in a wrist, elbow or collarbone fracture. Patients often report that they lost their grip and landed on a hard surface. Falls also happen from swings, slides, seesaws and merry-go-rounds. These injuries can cause broken bones and may need surgery. Children wearing loose clothing or tie strings can get caught in the equipment as they fall. Sometimes the loose clothing can cause the fall.
Sometimes parents want to go down the slide with their toddler. The child’s foot can get caught underneath the adult’s leg causing a twisting injury. This can lead to a broken shinbone, which is known as a Toddler’s Fracture. Children can also get limbs caught between the moving parts of playground equipment.
Children can be hit by moving playground equipment like swings, seesaws or merry-go-rounds.