Children are often hurt on playgrounds, ranging from a scraped knee to a bruise, but more serious injuries, such as traumatic brain injury, have been increasingly common in recent times. According to the Centers for Disease Control, despite a great deal of safety improvements on playgrounds, more than 29,000 children under the age of 14 were admitted to emergency rooms across the country to be treated for playground-related brain injuries in 2013. Why Have There Been More Child Brain Injury Cases? Researchers say that determining an exact cause is improbable, and that they can only speculate as to the reasons behind the rising number of playground-related brain injuries. One theory, put forth by CDC National Center for Injury Prevention and Control medical officer Dr. Janeita Bell, is that perhaps the number of injuries isn’t actually increasing at all, but rather that more children are receiving medical attention for these injuries….
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