Ladder Falls are the Most Common “Do-It-Yourself” Injury, and Nearly 1 in 10 Result in a Brain Injury (2017)
“New research by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has found falls from ladders were the most frequent “Do-It-Yourself” injury during 2013-2014, with nearly 1 in 10 resulting in an “intracranial injury such as a concussion”.
Traumatic Brain Injury-Related Emergency Department Visits, Hospitalizations, and Deaths – United States, 2007 and 2013 (2017)
“Progress has been made to prevent motor-vehicle crashes, resulting in a decrease in the number of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)-related hospitalizations and deaths from 2007 to 2013. However, during the same time, the number and rate of older adult fall-related TBIs have increased substantially…the findings in this report suggest that TBIs attributable to older adult falls, many of which result in hospitalization and death, should receive public health attention.”
Playground Equipment Related Injuries in Preschool-Aged Children: Emergency Department-based Injury In-depth Surveillance (2017)
Based on falls as the common cause of playground traumatic brain injuries (TBI) in children, this study found that swings had a relatively high incidence of falls-related TBI, followed by slides and climbing equipment, compared to seesaws, which were used on at ground level.