Arch Dis Child 89:152-153 doi:10.1136/adc.2002.024364
  • Community child health, public health, and epidemiology

Head injury and limb fracture in modern playgrounds

  1. C Norton1,
  2. K Rolfe1,
  3. S Morris1,
  4. R Evans1,
  5. R James2,
  6. M D Jones3,
  7. C Cory3,
  8. F Dunstan1,
  9. J R Sibert1
  1. 1Accident and Emergency Department, Cardiff and Vale NHS Trust, UK
  2. 2Highways and Parks Service, Cardiff County Council, UK
  3. 3Medical Engineering Group, Cardiff University, UK
  1. Correspondence to:
    Prof. J R Sibert
    Department of Child Health, University of Wales College of Medicine, Llandough Hospital, Penarth CF64 2XX, UK;
  • Accepted 2 October 2003


There were no serious head injuries in modern Cardiff municipal playgrounds with safety surfaces over five years injury surveillance. The literature suggests serious head injuries did occur before the introduction of safety surfaces.