Navigation Links
Free UAB service to help parents advocate for safer playgrounds, gyms
Date:4/19/2010

Simple tools developed by researchers in the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Department of Human Studies will help parents and teachers identify potential dangers on playgrounds and in gymnasiums and give them the means to lobby for safer conditions.

The tools consist of two checklists that list a series of questions about the conditions of facilities and equipment on playgrounds and in gymnasiums. The checklists are available at no cost on the UAB Center for Educational Accountability Web site at http://www.ed.uab.edu/cea/playground_gym_assessment.htm.

"Our intent is to make the checklists available to anyone for free so that parents, teachers and others can advocate for safer playgrounds at PTA, PTO, school board or city council meetings," said UAB Professor of Health Education Brian F. Geiger Ed.D., FAAHE. "Parents also can use it to take action if it is a home play area that needs improvements for child safety."

Estimates of annual emergency room visits to treat children's playground injuries range from 50,000 to 200,000, according to a 2005 U.S. Consumer Product & Safety Commission report.

Disturbed by the high rates of playground injuries, UAB researchers and their physical and health education students developed a service-learning activity in which they examined 52 school and community playgrounds and 45 gyms across Alabama. The research team identified safety hazards at nearly all of the locations they visited, Geiger said. The results were published in the Californian Journal of Health Promotion last year. The project eventually led the UAB faculty to make the playground and gym safety checklists available to the public.

Many of the public and school playgrounds they surveyed had broken or missing equipment and poor maintenance that may lead to serious injuries, Geiger said. The researchers found playgrounds that were built over asphalt or concrete rather than surfaces that can cushion a child's fall. Other hazards included broken or missing rungs on ladders, swings in which a child's hair or clothing could become entangled, exposed metal slides in direct sunlight that could lead to burns, sandboxes littered with broken glass, needles or other trash and playground equipment with excessive rust, splintered wood and exposed hardware connectors.

In gymnasiums, broken bleachers, blocked fire exits and inoperable fire alarms are also safety violations to watch for, said UAB Assistant Professor of Physical Education Sandra K. Sims, Ph.D.

"It's important, for example, for school gyms to have a place where students can get hydrated after a physical education class," Sims said. "Oftentimes in gyms you will see water fountains that are not in working order or they are filthy."

Geiger said he hopes that the assessment tools will bring more attention to playground and gym safety to ensure that more children are able to play in safe environments.

"Parents are the first health educators for children, and we as parents want our children to be active and not at risk for obesity or chronic diseases," said Geiger. "So we also have the responsibility to make sure that where we send them to be active is safe."


'/>"/>

Contact: Gail Short
gshort@uab.edu
205-934-8931
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Concord Medical Services Holdings Limited Announces Pricing of Initial Public Offering on the New York Stock Exchange
2. XL Capital Ltd to Present at Credit Suisse Financial Services Forum on February 11, 2010
3. Two Long-Term Care Organizations Select Remedi SeniorCare for Pharmacy Services
4. Providence Service Corporation to Present at the UBS Global Healthcare Services Conference on Wednesday, February 10th
5. Traceability Institute Comments on Improving Food Safety System for Consumers at Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) Joint Public Meeting
6. HR Allen Provides Businesses with Three New Services.
7. Medicaid Survey Finds High Provider Satisfaction with Healthy Together Program Services
8. CCMC Accepting Applications for Voluntary Service on its Board of Commissioners
9. Obama Proposes $911 Billion for Health and Human Services
10. Recondo Technology Announces Omni278 UnitedHealthcare Admission Notification Service
11. Kiwanis Selects Three Finalists for Worldwide Service Project
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:5/25/2016)... , ... May 25, 2016 , ... Laser Skin ... help turn back the hands of time of female aging. The Juliet™ ... Women with symptoms such as leakage, laxity, itchiness and pain have reported real ...
(Date:5/25/2016)... ... , ... Researchers from SUNY State College of Optometry won the Award for ... potential and human attention. The article, VEP and Human Attention: Translation from Laboratory ... VEP Vision Testing System (Diopsys, Inc., Pine Brook, NJ) to record visual evoked ...
(Date:5/25/2016)... ... May 25, 2016 , ... ... announced that it will join America's leading engineers at the American Society of ... the Georgia World Congress Center. , Engineers, speakers and exhibitors from more ...
(Date:5/24/2016)... ... , ... According to an article published May 11th on Fox ... the amount of calories they consumed by 25% experienced some interesting health benefits. This ... improved quality of life, and enhanced sexual function compared to the other group, which ...
(Date:5/24/2016)... ... May 24, 2016 , ... PhishLine, ... has joined the company as Vice President of Sales. Cifolelli’s primary responsibilities ... international sales in the rapidly expanding field of organizational social engineering. , ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/24/2016)... , May 24, 2016 ... médica para ayudar a los médicos a compartir sus ... pacientes a escala mundial. Profesionales médicos de Europa, África, ... se han apuntado a la aplicación, que combina la ... un entorno totalmente seguro. Educación   ...
(Date:5/24/2016)... May 24, 2016   , ... non-inferiority in overall bowel cleansing and superiority in ... leansing of the ... ) , Norgine B.V. today announced new positive data ... and ascorbate bowel preparation) versus standard 2 litre PEG with ascorbate. ...
(Date:5/24/2016)... Zealand , May 24, 2016 ... informatics solutions for the healthcare sector, has been named the ... Zealand Hi-Tech Awards 2016. Dr Bruce Davey ... acknowledgement for our team.  It,s really good to be recognised ... healthcare internationally. Our products are used in 35 countries around ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: