One-fifth of childhood injuries happen at school

Almost one-fifth of childhood injuries occur at school, most often while kids are playing or taking part in informal sports, say researchers, who suggest more adult supervision may be needed to better safeguard children's health.

The one-year study analyzed childhood injury statistics from the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario and six other Ottawa-area emergency departments or clinics. It found that 4,287 children were hurt at school in 2002, representing 18 per cent of all children injured.

About 10 per cent of the school-based harms that sent kids to hospital emergency departments were head injuries - everything from bad bumps to concussions. Of the 402 head injuries, seven required admission to hospital. More than 1,100 of the injuries, or 26 per cent, involved fractures.

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