Toward environments and policies that promote injury-free active living-it wouldn't hurt

Keshia M. Pollack, Cassandra Kercher, Shannon Frattaroli, Corinne Peek-Asa, David Sleet, Frederick P. Rivara

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Although being active is vital to the health and well-being of children, increases in physical activity can lead to an elevated risk of injury, which is a leading cause of childhood mortality globally. This article provides an overview of the evidence base concerning unintentional injuries associated with popular forms of physical activities for youth, and describes how injury prevention and child obesity professionals can work together to prevent injuries while promoting active lifestyles. Policy and environmental interventions that are beneficial to both outcomes are highlighted and recommendations for future research for these complementary areas are also provided.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)106-114
Number of pages9
JournalHealth and Place
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2012


  • Injury prevention
  • Physical activity
  • Safety
  • Unintentional injuries

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies


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