Injuries in public swimming pools in Victoria: a pilot study

Matthews, Bernadette L., Thom, Alistair, and Franklin, Richard C. (2008) Injuries in public swimming pools in Victoria: a pilot study. International Journal of Aquatic Research and Education, 2 (2). pp. 106-113.

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Swimming is an integral part of the Australian lifestyle. Studies have examined drowning fatalities in public and residential swimming pools and the potential factors involved, but there is little evidence detailing the extent of injuries that occur in public pools. This article describes the types of injuries that occur at public pools, the locations in pools where injuries occur, the type of medical treatment required, and the rate of injury. Incident reports were collected from 18 public pools across metropolitan and regional Victoria, Australia. Over 6 months, 1,715 injuries were recorded, representing an injury rate of 142.2 per 100,000 pool visits. The highest proportion of injuries occurred in children age 5–14 years, accounting for 50% of all injuries. The injuries were typically minor cuts, bruises, and grazes. Individuals were usually involved in water recreation or swimming lessons when the injury occurred. The study demonstrated that the role of the lifeguard is much more than that of providing supervision and performing rescues.

Item ID: 16698
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1932-9253
Keywords: injury, lifeguarding, aquatic risk management, commercial aquatic facility
Date Deposited: 20 Jul 2011 06:47
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111706 Epidemiology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920409 Injury Control @ 100%
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