A child who pretends that he or she is a superhero may discover how few superpowers they have. Davies et al identified a number of features that are common


Age range of children: 3 to 8 years


Risk factors for injury:

(1) male gender

(2) being dressed up in a superhero costume

(3) performing a high-risk stunt (jumping from height, swinging from a rope, etc)

(4) lack of parental supervision


Additional risk factors may include:

(1) history of previous play injury


The presence of padding in the costume may protect the padded areas from blunt injury.



(1) While the character and costume may change, the desire to be a superhero remains.

(2) Children - do not try this at home.


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