Journal article

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

Amanda Telford, Caroline F Finch, Lisa Barnett, Gavin Abbott, Jo Salmon

British Journal of Sports Medicine | Published : 2012


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 P..

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