May 18, 2020

Why is playground safety important?

Health Tips | Pediatric Orthopedics


With E-Learning coming to a close as the school year ends and the weather warming up, playing on playground equipment can be a great way for your kids to blow off some steam. Climbing on the monkey bars, flying high on the swings and going down the slide are all fun things to do if they are done safely.

There are a few things to remember to ensure your child’s safety. If an injury does occur, OrthoIndy  Urgent Care clinics are open to serve your orthopedic needs.

OrthoIndy sports medicine physician, Dr. Michael Thieken, explains some helpful tips to keep your kids play fun and safe.

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What should I put under my playground?

When it comes to your home swing set, do what you can to cushion a potential fall by installing a soft ground for the base. 

Cushioned bases:

  • Mulch
  • Shredded rubber
  • Sand

Dangerous bases:

  • Concrete
  • Asphalt

How can you avoid accidents in the playground?

Whether your child is four or fourteen, being nearby while your child plays on the playground is essential to ensure their safety. Whether they need help on the monkey bars, a push on the swing or a bandage after a tumble, a watchful eye could help prevent your child from getting injured.


How do you make playground equipment safe?

When you are swinging, sliding or climbing, always use the playground equipment the way it was intended. 

  • Go down the slide feet first
  • Don’t roughhouse on the playset
  • Only have one person on each swing
  • Wait your turn on equipment

As the weather warms up, encourage your kids to leave their screens behind and play outside on the playground. Remind your kids of these guidelines and keep an eye on them to keep them safe. OrthoIndy Urgent Care clinics are open and ready to treat you.

Schedule an appointment

Your well-being is important to us. Click the button below or call us to schedule an appointment with one of our orthopedic specialists. If your injury or condition is recent, you can walk right into one of our  OrthoIndy Urgent Care locations  for immediate care. For rehabilitation and physical therapy, no referral is needed to  see one of our physical therapists

Schedule an Appointment Call OrthoIndy 317.802.2000
Gabby Carlson

By Gabby Carlson

Gabby was the Marketing Content Writer for OrthoIndy from 2019 to 2021. Gabby graduated from Taylor University in 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in professional writing.

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