Playground Safety: It Can Make or Break Your Summer Fun!

With the weather heating up, the excitement of summer vacation becomes evident in schools & daycares everywhere! Staying safe for summer continues to be a top priority, especially when statistics show playground injuries escalate in the month prior to and after summer! It seems that the anticipation of summer or returning to school increases the odds of accidental injury occurring during playtime. In fact: 

*  40% of all injuries occur at the beginning and the end of every school year   

*  70% occur on public playgrounds

*  70% of those injuries are severe and involve falls to the surface?

*  that severe injury includes concussions, stitches, fractures and even worse?

CRAZY, right?! Who knew the changing of seasons could have such a large impact on the number of childhood injuries, especially in a playground setting.   Perhaps it’s the influx of excitement or the increased time playing outside in sunny weather; there are many common factors that attribute to the increase in injuries. However, in many cases, these startling accidents can be prevented.  Here are a few simple tips to ensure that your little ones stay safe for summer:

Playground Safety

  1. Responsible Supervision – Close supervision by a responsible adult may be the most important factor in preventing injury. Adults should keep a watchful eye on children while they are at play to help prevent accidents or even playground scuffles that can lead to an accident.
  2. Age-Appropriate Areas – When visiting a playground, look around to make sure it has a separate, age-appropriate area for children 5 and under. This will prevent little ones from getting injuries from accidents or collisions with older children.
  3. Avoid Hazards – Being aware includes looking for hazards, such as broken playground equipment and dangerous surfaces. In addition, make sure the grounds are as free of any debris (i.e. litter, glass) as much as possible. This can help prevent children from tripping and falling to the ground or causing other injuries like cuts.
  4. Impact Absorbing Surfaces – There are surfaces specifically designed to help absorb impact in case of an accident. These are the best surfaces for children to play on. Look for playgrounds that have rubber mats or shredded rubber, artificial turf, or even mulch. There are a variety of substances, but the point is to avoid having children at play on non-impact absorbing surfaces, such as concrete or gravel.
  5. Check Clothing – During the fall and winter months, we often dress our children in layers. This could include hoodies, sweatshirts, or other items that have drawstrings around the neck. To help avoid having children getting these strings caught on playground equipment, parents should remove hood and neck drawstrings from outerwear.
  6. Remove Bike Helmets – Sometimes parents feel it’s best for children to play while wearing bike helmets to protect their heads in case of an accidental fall. This actually could impede your child’s play for numerous reasons and lead to serious injury. Therefore, it is recommended that bike helmets be removed before children use playground equipment.
  7. Encourage Proper Behavior – One of the best ways to prevent playground injuries is to teach children proper playground behavior (such as no pushing, shoving, or crowding). Teaching children how to play properly and be respectful of others on playground equipment can help prevent many injuries and scuffles that could lead to injury.

Being safe is the farthest thing from a child’s mind.  It is the parents’, educators’, and playground supervisors’ job to alert our children about the potential dangers of school playgrounds. It all starts with these few tips. To help ensure that your child’s teacher and care-providers are informed, use this handy tip sheet provided by Safe Kids Worldwide.

For additional tips on the prevention of broken bones and other “Feel Better, Heal Better” topics, spend a little time on our blog.

Already Injured? We’ve Got You Covered

Maybe you’ve stumbled across our website because your child has already experienced misfortune on the playground!  As you can imagine, a child in any type of cast or orthopedic device faces a number of discomforts; casts scratching on skin or Fido, snagging clothing or furniture, not being able to play in water without waterproof protection boots getting dirty from constant wear & tear? CastCoverz! offers a number of colorful solutions to brighten your child’s injury, helping your little one feel better & heal better.  

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6 Ways to Complete Your Prom or Wedding Look (With an Injury)

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Can you find her CastCoverz!? Discreet cover matched bride’s dress!

Injuries and surgeries always come at the worst time.  But, it is especially difficult and disappointing right before a very special event.

What’s worse is your cast, boot, crutches, sling, or any orthopedic device can be a major distraction for your special day. Not to worry- we’ve got you COVERED!

 

6 ways to conceal or glam it up for the bride, prom-goer or groom…

1. Add color! Casts and crutches can be wrapped or taped in a variety of colors or patterns, even glow-in-the-dark. The best selection is DuckBrand®.  You can find rolls of it at your local hardware or office supply store.  We’ve even spotted them at Target®!

Here’s a link for a printable $5.00 off DuckBrand coupon.

2. You can order some spectacular CastCoverz! CrutchWear – our designer Crutch Covers & Bags! These beautiful designer fabrics can cater to every occasion. Our (optional) crutch bag has two roomy pockets with a snap closure, perfect for storing your phone or accessories when you’re not snapping pictures!

Choose from a variety of solid colors or prints, to match your look for your special day.

3. Bedazzle it! Glam and glitz your cast, boot, crutches, even your sling!  But, beware jewels and crystals often have edges which can snag your dress or tux.  Might be better to cover it up.  Check out our Pinterest page for outstanding customer design ideas here.

4. Casttoo This decal like product looks like a tattoo for your cast. The rough surface of a cast can be tricky to draw on, especially intricate designs, so this is a clever alternative.  Be very careful care, though. A hot hairdryer is used in its application.  You don’t need a burn to go with that cast.

5. Use it as a memory-book!  Grab a rainbow of Sharpie®’s, commemorate the event or date, then let your friends or family sign it.  You will have a keepsake to remember (and eventually treasure).

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Prom-goer in custom Legz! open toe and rhinestones to match fun, flirty dress!

6. Cover it! With dozens of fabric selections, you’re sure to find something at CastCoverz!  to cover that cast, boot, brace, or splint.  CastCoverz! can create and customize any cover or sling to match your ensemble or make it stand out.

Select Your Style

Whether you want a custom creation with matching lace, rhinestones, or sequins, or you want to keep it simple with one of our stock covers in lace, black, nude, ivory, or white.

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24Karat cast cover matched this prom goer’s dress like a glove!

Even if you want to make it disappear, coordinate, or pop, you are sure to find a way to do so with these helpful tips! Don’t get caught up in the injury blues, and focus on the most important factor: making memories at your special event. “Embrace” this special day and, above all, be safe and have fun!

Pro Tip: Customize your wedding

For some reason, parents are particularly clumsy the week before their child’s wedding 🙂 We create custom covers for members of the entire wedding party, especially mother(s) of the groom or bride.   For more custom pictures, please check out our Custom Covers page.  

Please add your family-friendly comment on how you glammed or covered up your injury on your special day. Pictures are welcome, too!

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Breaking Barriers: Ultimate Workout & Recovery Offers Adaptive Exercise

A broken bone, a fun and functional cast cover, and… you’re still able to workout?! As with any injury, CastCoverz! customers know that rest and recovery are KEY ingredients for proper healing.  But, this puts active lifestyles on the back burner. Wobbling around the gym on crutches, a boot, or trying to lift a weight with one arm in a sling isn’t what the doctor ordered or the team at CastCoverz!  So, what do you do while your limbs are limping?  And how do you maintain muscle strength for the rest of your body while you’re recovering?  There is a NEW and intriguing innovation for those who are limited by injuries facing serious rehabilitation or have adaptive exercise needs.  Introducing, the Ultimate Workout and Recovery adaptive exercise system designed for the injured in mind:

Ultimate Workout & Recovery is a cutting edge technology that provides adaptive exercise and strength training for those who face these injury-related limitations or have adaptive exercise needs. The company offers several different devices that can be assembled around a bed, recliner or wheelchair, living up to its name as “The Complete Exercise and Convenience Gym.” The apparatus is a unique tool to aid both in rehabilitation and muscle atrophy prevention.  As you can imagine, a body at rest slowly loses strength, endurance, and flexibility. The series of resistance bands that accompany the system help to strengthen and maintain overall muscle function. To learn more visit https://www.workoutandrecovery.com/

 

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We Made It, Again! VeryWellHealth.com feature!

5+ years running, Dr. Jonathan Cluett, board-certified orthopedic surgeon of Massachusetts, includes CastCoverz!, again, in his recent article “Ideas For Decorating Your Cast” on VeryWellHealth.com orthopedic expert section. Sure enough, amongst a list of fabulous suggestions, such as choosing from a variety of colorful tape or having your friends sign your trophy arm, CastCoverz! makes the TOP list for trendy & FUNctional cast covers.

Fashion is certainly something we offer, however, the purpose of our products stretches far beyond the colorful trends. Unfortunately, orthopedic casts are often made from plaster or fiberglass, leaving behind lots of snags & scratches, as they protect your healing bones. CastCoverz! slip right over your boot, brace or cast to prevent this from happening! Our covers keep your boot, brace or cast clean, and can be removed & washed before your next wear. We also offer designer slings, leg, and waterproof covers for bathing or swimming, too! 

While colors & signatures are FUN ideas for decorating your cast, these options are permanent in the world of casts.  CastCoverz! products allow you to match your mood and change your look easily for any occasion. Choose from dozens of designer fabrics, colors from discreet solids to watch-for-me neon, and fun prints so that your cast closet stays FRESH. Equally as important, CastCoverz! work to protect clothes, sheets, furniture, car upholstery and other people (of the family Fido) from being scratched!

As always, we are thankful for resources like https://www.verywellhealth.com for providing daily health tips & insight from medical professionals. We believe that anything that helps you Feel Better will help you Heal Better, even if it’s a sound word of advice!  For more of Dr. Cluett’s orthopedic gems, check his post here.  CastCoverz! your one-stop orthopedic shop!

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