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Schoolyard injuries
Detail: A joint one year study by York and the University of Ottawa analyzed childhood injury statistics from the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario and six other Ottawa-area emergency departments or clinics. The study found that 4,287 children were hurt at school in 2002, representing 18 per cent of all children injured.

Data for the study, published in the February issue of the Journal of School Health, was collected by doctors in Ottawa-area hospital emergency departments and urgent-care clinics through the Canadian Hospital Injury Reporting and Prevention Program (CHIRPP).

58 per cent of school injuries occurred while children were playing or engaging in informal sports in the playground. Children between the ages of 10 and 14 are the most frequently injured. Boys were hurt more often than girls (about 60 per cent versus 40 per cent) and suffered a significantly higher proportion of head injuries.

About 10 per cent of the school-based injuries that sent kids to hospital emergency departments were head injuries ranging from bad bumps to concussions. Of the 402 head injuries, seven required admission to hospital. More than 1,100 of the injuries, or 26 per cent, involved fractures.

The authors emphasized that the study does not suggest that kids should be kept indoors or not allowed to play. The authors were of opinion that outdoor play should happen in the most environmentally safe context that's possible and reasonable. The authors also called for more regular national level studies to see if injuries among school-aged children and youth are occurring more or less frequently over time.
Source: http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Canada/2009/02/18/8439466-cp.html and http://timestranscript.canadaeast.com/whatever/article/578430
Date: March 11 2009