Kids are showing up in the emergency rooms with injuries from their P.E. classes at more than DOUBLE the rate of 10 years ago, according to a new study in “Pediatrics.”
From the abstract of the study in “Pediatrics”:
“An estimated 405,305 children and adolescents were treated in emergency departments for PE-related injuries. The annual number of cases increased 150% during the study period (P = .001). Nearly 70% of PE-related injuries occurred during 6 activities, that is, running, basketball, football, volleyball, soccer, and gymnastics. Boys’ injuries were more likely to involve the head, to be diagnosed as a laceration or fracture, to be attributable to contact with a person or structure, and to occur during group activities. Girls’ injuries were more likely to involve the lower extremities, to be strains and sprains, to be acute noncontact injuries, and to occur during individual activities.”
ABC News reports:
While injuries have increased, the number of students attending daily PE classes has greatly decreased.
“In 1991, 42 percent of U.S. students attended a daily P.E. class, according to the 2006 Shape of the Nation Report by the National Association for Sport and Physical Education. By 2003, only 28 percent of students went to P.E. daily.”
So why are they seeing an increase? Doctors don’t know for certain, but in the ABC story they were willing to make some educated guesses:
Obesity and being out of shape are leading to more injuries.
Kids specializing in one sport which creates a strain on their young musculoskeletal system.
Less school nurses mean the kids are having to go to the emergency room to diagnose an injury.
Larger classes mean less supervision and more chance for injury.
“New P.E.” where adult exercise is mixed in – such as jogging and weights instead of learning sports and skills.
Hospitals just doing a better job keeping records.
What do you think: Why are kids injuries in P.E. classes increasing across the board? Has your child ever been injured in a P.E. class? Did you go to the emergency room? How was it dealt with? Do you worry about your kids being injured in P.E.? (This had never even occurred to me!)