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Three pupils a week are injured during PE
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.”