Play Spaces Archives - BC Injury Research and Prevention Unit

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A qualitative investigation of unsupervised outdoor activities for 10- to 13-year-old children: “I like adventuring but I don’t like adventuring without being careful”


Researchers interviewed children 10 to 13-years-old living in Canada about their feelings of safety and level of activity around unsupervised outdoor play.

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Categorizing mothers’ and fathers’ conceptualizations of children’s serious play‐related injuries: “You won’t grow a finger back.”


This study observed differences between rural and urban parents’ attitudes towards serious injury in both British Columbia and Quebec and differences between mothers and fathers.

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Avoiding a dystopian future for children’s play


Children’s play is increasingly controlled, costly and standardised. Risk aversion has resulted in attempts to eliminate all danger despite the limited health burden of play-related injuries and missing cost–benefit evidence. We provide recommendations for play providers, standard setters, inspectors and public health.

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Landscapes for play: Effects of an intervention to promote nature-based risky play in early childhood centres


We examined the effects of an intervention to increase opportunities for nature and risky play in the outdoor play environments of two childcare centres using a repeated measures mixed methods design.

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Can child injury prevention include healthy risk promotion?


To reflect on the role of risk-taking and risky play in child development and consider recommendations for the injury prevention field, a symposium was held prior to the November 2013 Canadian Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion Conference.

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Injuries Associated With Cribs, Playpens, and Bassinets Among Young Children in the US, 1990-2008


This study further cites that the cribs and playpens “represents an unacceptable level of danger, highlighting the need for continued improvements in product design, especially to prevent falls from cribs.”

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