Watch out dad, the kids are coming!

Research shows dads suffer 22 injuries a year as a result of the kids

The average dad suffers 22 injuries a year – because of the kids, new research shows, sound familiar?

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From accidental kicks to the face to bad backs from being a human climbing frame, the wear and tear on Britain's dads was revealed in a study by OnePoll on behalf of There® surveying 2,000 UK parents of 2-16 years olds.

In fact, the average dad of school-aged children experiences 22 injuries per year – eight of those while playing with the little ones. And dad also bashes his shin three times on something the kids have left lying around the house and steps on a toy or plug four times a year on average, results showed. Nearly 40% of dads even felt having to walk across a toy covered floor was the most dangerous aspect of being a parent.

The study also found the dreaded prospect of an accidental hit to the crotch faces men with young children on average twice a year and a fifth of dads have had to take time off work because of an injury picked up after doing everyday activity with the family. In these instances, the average time dad was off work was for 10 days, most likely through injury to the back, results showed.

There's no let-up for dads as just under a third have been head-butted by their young child while a quarter said play-fighting with the kids regularly saw them tweak something. Other areas of parenting where men have had a brush with injury were when having to play goalie kicking a ball around with the kids or when climbing trees with them. And a young at heart one in five have picked up an injury doing something which they confessed 'I should know better than to attempt at my age', answers to what that may be on a postcard!

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