Three pupils a week are in­jured dur­ing PE

Evening Express (City Final) - - Uk & Abroad -

NEARLY three chil­dren a week are be­ing in­jured dur­ing PE les­sons in schools. Aberdeen pri­mary and sec­ondary school teach­ers logged a to­tal of 347 health and safety re­ports over the last three aca­demic years.

Of these, 42 pupils were taken to hos­pi­tal for treat­ment.

Fifty chil­dren were treated for bro­ken or dis­lo­cated bones, four had con­cus­sion and there were 20 re­ports of pupils with cuts.

Teach­ing staff also re­ported that 61 young­sters were bruised while 81 suf­fered from a sprain or a strain. A fur­ther 96 in­ci­dents logged in the coun­cil data­base were not as­signed an in­jury type, with five of these re­sult­ing in the stu­dent be­ing taken to hos­pi­tal. The lo­cal au­thor­ity has a guide in place to en­sure safe prac­tice dur­ing PE les­sons, ad­vis­ing that reg­u­lar risk as­sess­ments are car­ried out with rules clearly out­lined for par­tic­i­pants.

A coun­cil spokesman said: “Ac­tiv­i­ties within the PE cur­ricu­lum are risk as­sessed in line with Aberdeen City Coun­cil pol­icy.”

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