Injured while playing? Blame unlevelled school playground

  • Vishav Bharti, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: May 21, 2015 11:15 IST

Injuries owing to unlevelled playgrounds primarily account for sports injuries among schoolchildren. This has been established in a study done by Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32 (GMCH-32).

Out of 33 schools, consisting of 36,165 students, in the city that were analysed, 246 children suffered injuries among 7,230 participating athletes in 40 different categories of sports.

The study appeared in the latest issue of the quarterly Journal of Clinical Orthopaedics Trauma. After taking consent from school authorities concerned, the survey-based study examined Chandigarh students who take part in competitive sports activities in 11-18 age group. The study, spanning a period of one year, was carried out to determine incidences of various types of sport injuries and other associated factors.

Estimated incidence rate, considering hours of exposure in practice, came out to be around 48 injuries per 1,000 hours of exposure in practice among 246 injured cases. When it came to the reason of injury, the study found that total 40.2% of the injured children (99/246) attributed their injury to poor playground condition, while other 30.5% (75/246) to faulty techniques.

Rest attributed their injuries to poor fitness levels, improper use of equipment and other reasons. Of the 33 schools surveyed, 27.3% (9/33) had a doctor as health professional, 9.1% (2/33) had a physiotherapist, while 66.6% of the schools (22/33) had no healthcare professional.

"The incidence of sports injuries in the region is high as compared to the global data. The findings have highlighted the need for a nationwide surveillance system and then taking appropriate measures for future injury prevention and appropriate management," the study observed.


33 schools in 36,165 students in 11-18 age group included; 7,230 found to be participating in 40 different categories of sports

246 found to have injuries; 40% of children attributed injury to poor ground condition

30.5% to faulty techniques; rest attributed injuries to poor fitness levels, improper use of equipment and other reasons

Of the 33 schools surveyed, 27% had a doctor as a health professional, 9% had a physiotherapist

Around 67% of schools had no healthcare professional; 19.2 days of mean loss of schooling after trauma in injured children.

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