"Friendly" and "unfriendly" play spaces, outdoor risky play, water safety


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September 8, 2020

 

Returning to sport during COVID-19

 

As we get back to playing the sports we enjoy, we want to do so safely and free from injury. We have summarized ViaSportBC's COVID-19 Return to Sport guidelines at Active & Safe Central.

 

Since sports were cancelled for months, it is important to take care when resuming activities. Proper warm-ups, stretching, and cool-downs are helpful in preventing injury. Rushing into pre-COVID-19 activity levels is not recommended, as over-exertion can increase the risk of injury.

 

For sport-specific return to play guidelines, please visit the individual sport pages using the “Sport” menu at activesafe.ca. Links to sport-specific guidelines will be added to the sport pages as they become available and are subject to change without notice.

 


Dr. Mariana Brussoni featured in Popular Science magazine

 

Popular Science magazine featured Dr. Mariana Brussoni's research in their Summer 2020 issue on the best type of playgrounds for kids.

 

Read more on Popular Science's website.

 


2019-2020 Annual Report now available

 

What began as a typical year for the BCIRPU ended very differently as the world responded to COVID-19.

 

Read about last year's achievements and highlights in our 2019-2020 Annual Report.

 

Link to Annual Report (PDF)

Link to Summary Infographic (PNG)

 


Dr. Ian Pike on BMJ Injury Prevention podcast

 

Dr. Ian Pike discussed his academic career path, how he became interested in injury prevention, and the Preventable campaign with BMJ Injury Prevention Editor-in-Chief Dr. Rod McClure.

 

Listen to the podcast episode online.

 


Reallocating street space for pedestrians and cyclists

 

BCCDC has posted information for municipalities who are exploring the reallocation of street space for cycling and walking during COVID-19 and into the future. The article includes recommendations on benefits, how-to guidance, key considerations, and additional resources.

 

Learn more at bccdc.ca.

 


Dr. Brussoni Lab to present Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies virtual roundtable series

 

In a collaboration with partners from UBC Faculty of Education, Camosun College, Vancouver Island Health Authority, and outdoor education practitioners, Dr. Mariana Brussoni’s lab is hosting a three-part online roundtable series titled, “Advancing Early Childhood Education Outdoors Now.”

 

Early Childhood Education (ECE) and outdoor play experts from Canada and internationally will explore the health and educational benefits of being outside, successful international models of ECE outdoors, and paths for advancing licensing outdoor early childhood education in BC.

 

For more details and to register, visit eceonow.pwias.ubc.ca.

 


 

"Friendly" and "unfriendly" spaces for play

 

In June, BCIRPU PhD candidate Desiree Wilson’s (Supervisor: Dr. Ian Pike) case study ‘Friendly for Play?’ was published in the Routledge Handbook of Designing Spaces for Young People. The study is a school-based participatory research project that engaged children in examining the play-friendliness of their neighbourhoods. 

 

Wilson worked with a group of 51 participants, aged 11 to 13, for 10 sessions over the course of 3 months. A leadership group of 12 participants met regularly to help shape these sessions. Participants were asked to take photographs of areas in their neighborhoods that were ‘friendly’ and ‘not friendly’ for play. They developed short narratives for these photographs and discussed them in focus groups.  

 

Read more on our website.

 


BCCDC Foundation guest post: Injury prevention

 

Ms. Megan Oakey, Provincial Manager for Injury Prevention, BC Centre for Disease Control, and member of the BCIRPU, has contributed a guest blog post to the BCCDC Foundation.

 

Megan gives a succinct overview of injury prevention, her role in preventing serious injuries, and what people can do to help prevent them.

 

Read more at the BCCDC Foundation.

 


Recent publications

 

Parent N, Guhn M, Brussoni M, Almas A, Oberle E. (2020). Social determinants of playing outdoors: Family characteristics, trust in neighbors and daily outdoor play in early childhood. Canadian Journal of Public Health. LINK

 

Moore SA, Faulkner G, Rhodes RE, Brussoni M, Chulak-Bozzer T, Ferguson LJ, Mitra R, O'Reilly N, Spence JC, Vanderloo JM, Tremblay MS. (2020). Impact of the COVID-19 virus outbreak on movement and play behaviours of Canadian children and youth: A national survey. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 17, 85. LINK

 

Moroni S, Giuseppe L. (2020). Multiple functions of drawings. Journal of Urban Design. [Featuring The Community Against Preventable Injuries] LINK

 

Swanlund D, Schuurman N, Zandbergen P, Brussoni M. (2020). Street masking: A network-based geographic mask for easily protecting geoprivacy. International Journal of Health Geographics, 19, 26. LINK

 

 

 

Webinar series

 

On Thursday, September 24 at 10 AM PST, Ms. Atousa Zargaran and Phoebe Cheng will discuss cannabis-related injuries and poisonings in BC children and youth.


Register for this webinar to receive the Zoom link.

 

 

Media highlights

 

Can we bring back the summer of 1980 for our kids? Globe & Mail, Mariana Brussoni, July 24

 

Preventable drownings

Global News at 6 (~21:00), Ian Pike, July 29

 

"It won't happen to me": men must recognize the risk of drowning Radio Canada, Ian Pike, July 30

 

Drownings and water incidents on the rise in BC Vancouver is Awesome, Ian Pike, Aug 19

 

No change to lifeguard plan Castanet, Ian Pike, Aug 28

 

 

Faculty position: School of Kinesiology

 

The UBC School of Kinesiology is seeking applicants for a tenured Associate Professor or Professor in the area of Exercise, Metabolism, Nutrition, and Health.

 

View the job posting on the School's website.

 

 

Webinar: Travelling through intersections safely

 

Road Safety at Work (RSAW), ICBC, and SafetyDriven are pleased to present a webinar on Sep 23 at 11:00 AM PST titled, "At the Crossroads: How to Travel Through Intersections Safely."

 

For more information, visit the RSAW website.

 

What we're reading

 

Cannabis

Accidental ingestion of edible cannabis products causing serious harm to children LINK

 

Concussion

New Resource For Parents And Caregivers Caring For Children With Concussion LINK

 

COVID-19

Preparing children for back-to-school during the COVID-19 pandemic LINK

 

Farm Safety

Fatal farm injuries to Canadian children LINK

 

Mental Health

COVID-19 Series: The Role Stress Plays in Children During the Pandemic LINK

 

Q&A: How parents can identify anxiety warning signs as students return to school LINK

 

Outdoor Play

Increasing Outdoor Play in Early Learning and Child Care in the Context of COVID-19 LINK

 

Road Safety

Vancouver drivers now need to slow to 30k/h in school zones, around the clock LINK

 

High walk and bike scores associated with greater crash risk LINK

 

Seniors' Fall Prevention

Exercise for preventing falls in older people living in the community: an abridged Cochrane systematic review LINK

 

Shaken Baby Syndrome

Joint Statement on Traumatic Head Injury due to Child Maltreatment (THI-CM): An Update to the Joint Statement on Shaken Baby Syndrome LINK

 

Water Safety

BCCDC: Swimming Pools and Spray Parks LINK

 


 

CHIRPP database

 

CHIRPP is a self-reporting injury surveillance system run by the Public Health Agency of Canada. Through the collection of data from patients/parents in the Emergency Department, CHIRPP provides a current picture of injury occurrence and helps establish priorities for research and intervention. BC Children's Hospital data is accessible from CHIRPP Coordinator Atousa Zargaran.

 

 

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