Injuries during physical activity in school children

Scand J Med Sci Sports. 2005 Oct;15(5):313-23. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-0838.2004.00419.x.


During the spring of 2001, 1975 children, from grades 3, 6 and 9 participated in a nationwide, multidisciplinary collaboration study. The students came from randomly selected classes throughout Sweden, representing different geographical and socio-economic areas. The aim of this study was to collect and evaluate self-reported injuries and associated factors during various physical activities as recalled retrospectively for 3 months by the students. Every sixth student (n=299 or 16%) reported 306 injuries. Twice as many girls than boys were injured during physical education class. Ninth-grade students reported relatively more injuries during organized sports than during physical education class and leisure activities. There were no age or gender differences in incidence rate during leisure activities. Most injuries were minor, as 70% were back in physical activity within a week. Half of the students (50%) reported that they previously had injured the same body part. Primary care of the injured student was, with the exception of a family member, most often carried out by the physical education teacher or coach, which accentuates the importance of continuous sports medicine first aid education for this group.

Publication types

  • Multicenter Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Child
  • Eyeglasses / statistics & numerical data
  • Female
  • First Aid
  • Humans
  • Injury Severity Score
  • Leisure Activities
  • Male
  • Physical Education and Training
  • Physical Therapy Modalities / statistics & numerical data
  • Primary Health Care / statistics & numerical data
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Sex Distribution
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Sweden / epidemiology
  • Vision Disorders / epidemiology
  • Wounds and Injuries / epidemiology*