Monkey Bars Claimed Too Dangerous For Children

By December 07, 2018

Australian child health experts are claiming that the Monkey Bars, is a leading cause of injuries in young children. A report conducted by Monash University, claims that there has been a 41% increase in monkey bar injuries requiring children to be hospitalised.

Over the past decade, 14,167 monkey bar injuries, 81% were a result of upper limb and ankle injuries of children between the ages of 5 years old to 9 years old. Melbourne hospital also found that over half the injuries were caused when a child attempted to skip a bar on the monkey bars which resulted in a fracture.

Due to injuries sustained by children on the monkey bars, the Australian Standards Committee limited the overall height to 2.2metres and the surface beneath the monkey bards should be at least 40cm thick.

Professor David Eager from the University of Technology Sydney, recommends that the monkey bars should be removed from playgrounds and replace it with space nets and spider webs as the nets break the children's fall and injuries from these types of equipment are considerably less.

However, Kerry Pratchett believes that the monkey bars are a great benefit for children to develop their hand strength and visual hand-eye coordination as the child learns to swing from one bar to the next and uses their core strength which builds their upper body.

Whether or not monkey bars and considered dangerous, it's important for children to be cautious on any playground equipment and sometimes the risks are worth taking in order for children to be active and to develop confidence and perseverance. 

Reference:
Coe, Charlie "Push To Remove Monkey Bars From Playgrounds After Concerns They Are Dangerous For Children", Daily Mail Australia, 26 November 2018
Pratchett, Kerry "How Monkey Bars Help Children's Brains", Stuff NZ, March 19 2018

 

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