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Working It Out: Safe Home Gyms

boy with glassesHome gyms are great ways to get in shape — especially for busy parents who might not get the time to go to the gym. Treadmills, stationary bikes, elliptical machines and weightlifting equipment are easy to access in your home during your child’s nap times, while your child watches TV and after your child’s bedtime.

But a home gym can also be a hazard to your children if you’re not careful. In the United States, approximately 12,000 children each year are treated in emergency rooms for home-gym related injuries. The majority of those hurt were younger than 10 years old. Lacerations, head injuries and damage to the fingers, hands and feet are the most commonly seen accidents.

So, how can you keep your child safe from home gym injuries?

Reviewed by: Patrick S. Pasquariello Jr., MD
Date: May 2013

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