Walk or cycle to school: increase in activity but also an increase in injuries

posted 16 Mar 2013, 09:11 by Damian Wood   [ updated 16 Mar 2013, 09:11 ]
Kathleen Gropp and colleagues report in Injury Prevention on the findings from a Canadian segment of the WHO Health Behaviors in School-aged Children Survey (HBSC). This cross sectional study of over 20,000 Canadian 11-15 year olds used multi-level logistic regression to examine the relationship between active transportation to school (walking or cycling) and potential negative health effects including injury. They found that active transportation over distances of 1.5 km (1 mile) were associated with an modest increased risk of injury and that there was a positive relationship between distance traveled and risk of injury. They conclude "physical activity interventions for youth should encourage participation in active transportation to school, while also recognising the potential for unintentional injury".