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Citation

Ni H, Barnes P, Hardy AM. Inj. Prev. 2002; 8(1): 60-65.

Affiliation

Division of Health Interview Statistics, National Center for Health Statistics, Center for Disease Control, Hyattsville, Maryland 20782, USA. hni@cdc.gov

Copyright

(Copyright © 2002, BMJ Publishing Group)

DOI

unavailable

PMID

11928978

PMCID

PMC1730809

Abstract

OBJECTIVES: This study described epidemiologic patterns of recreational injuries among school aged children in the US and assessed the relation of these patterns to socioeconomic status. METHODS: Combined data from the 1997-98 National Health Interview Surveys for 38 458 children aged 6-17 years regarding non-fatal recreational injury episodes that received medical attention, reported by a household adult, were analysed. Logistic regression analysis was used to assess the association between recreational injury and socioeconomic status while controlling for confounding factors. RESULTS: The annualized rate of recreational injury was 91.2 episodes per 1,000 children, with an increased risk associated with a higher family income status or being non-Hispanic white. For children from not poor families, most injury episodes occurred in sport facilities, whereas for children from poor and near poor families, most occurred outside the home. CONCLUSION: Recreational injury is a significant health problem for school aged children in the US. Non-Hispanic white children and children from affluent families are at increased risk of recreational injury.

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