Do parents’ and children’s concerns about sports safety and injury risk relate to how much physical activity children do?

Telford, Amanda, Finch, Caroline F., Barnett, Lisa, Abbott, Gavin and Salmon, Jo 2012, Do parents’ and children’s concerns about sports safety and injury risk relate to how much physical activity children do?, British journal of sports medicine, vol. 46, no. 15, pp. 1084-1088.

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Title Do parents’ and children’s concerns about sports safety and injury risk relate to how much physical activity children do?
Author(s) Telford, Amanda
Finch, Caroline F.
Barnett, Lisa
Abbott, Gavin
Salmon, Jo
Journal name British journal of sports medicine
Volume number 46
Issue number 15
Start page 1084
End page 1088
Total pages 5
Publisher BMJ Group
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2012
ISSN 0306-3674
Keyword(s) parents
children
sport
risk
injury
Summary Objective To see whether concerns about injury risk relate to children's physical activity (PA).
Methods Two cohorts were recruited from 19 Australian schools and assessed in 2001 (T1), 2004 (T2) and 2006 (T3). The younger (n=162) was assessed at 6, 9 and 11years old, and the older (n=259) at 11, 14 and 16 years old. At T1 and T2, parents of the younger cohort reported on fear of child being injured, and whether child would be at risk of injury if they played organised sport; the older cohort self-reported injury fear. Accelerometers assessed PA at each time point. Linear regression models examined cross-sectional associations, and also associations between T1 injury fear and risk and T2 PA, and T2 injury fear and risk and T3 PA.
Results In the younger cohort at T2 (9 years), fear and risk were both negatively associated with moderate to vigorous PA (MVPA) (β=−0.17, 95% CI −0.30 to −0.03 and β=−0.26, 95% CI −0.41 to −0.10) and also vigorous PA (VPA). Fear was also associated with moderate PA (MPA). For the older cohort at T1, injury fear was negatively associated with MVPA (β=−0.21, 95% CI −0.35 to −0.07) and also MPA and VPA. Parental perception of risk at T1 (6 years) was negatively associated with children's MPA at T2 (9 years) (β=−0.17, 95% CI −0.32 to −0.02). Sex did not moderate any association.
Conclusions Younger children and their parents need to know which sports have low injury risks. Some children may need increased confidence to participate.
Language eng
Field of Research 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2012, BMJ Group
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