Injury Prevention on Playgrounds, at Home and in the Neighborhood

The Injury Free Coalition for Kids

More than half of the Injury Free coalitions built playgrounds, typically with plastic or rubber materials, a soft ground covering and other features to prevent injuries. A number of sites built multiple playgrounds—for example, aided by $600,000 from the Danforth Foundation, St. Louis Children's built 32 playgrounds, including one designed for children with disabilities.

The purpose—and impact—of the playground projects went beyond just providing safe places for children to play, according to Injury Free staff members. By bringing neighborhood residents into the planning and construction process, the Injury Free teams were also building community, says Barbara Barlow, M.D., the program's director.