By David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network
In schools throughout the nation, children participate in physical education activities. Although budget cuts have reduced or eliminated many physical education programs, there are still millions of children engaged in school supervised physical education programs and activities every day. A recently released study has found that the numbers / incidents of injuries related to physical education programs at high schools, middle schools, and elementary schools are increased between the time period of 1997 and 2007. Common reported injuries were sprains, strains, and fractures. The sports accounting for most of the reported injuries were running, football, volleyball, gymnastics, basketball, and soccer.
It is important for physical education teachers and coaches to recognize the risk of injuries and take measures to help prevent and / or reduce the incidents of injury. Supervision is key to prevent many personal injuries. Stretching and warm up periods would also help with the mission of preventing injuries. You can read more about this study at Physical Education Related Personal Injuries in Schools Increased According to Study.