According to the CDC, more than 200,000 children are rushed to the emergency room every year for playground related injuries. Of the 200,000 emergency room visits, more than 10% undergo treatment for a variety of head injuries such as traumatic brain injury or concussion.
Standards state the playground surfacing should fall below the impact threshold of 200 Peak G’s and 1000 HIC. But what does this mean? 200 Peak G’s and 1000 HIC (Head Injury Criteria), means a head injury risk of 3% critical, 18% severe (life-threatening), 55% serious, 89% moderate, and 10% risk of skull fracture and likely a significant long bone fracture.
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