Motor ability: Protective or risk for school injuries?

Rosa Gofin, Milka Donchin, Boaz Schulrof

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The study aims were to assess the independent contribution of motor ability to the incidence of school injuries. The study included 2057 pupils in grades 3-6 of primary schools in a city in the north of Israel. A surveillance system gathered information about injuries that occurred on school premises or during school related activities and required medical treatment or caused limitation of usual activities. Children provided information on sensation seeking, self-appraisal of health, academic performance, physical activity, and dominant hand; anthropometric measurements and motor ability tests were performed. The incidence of injury events was 4% (95% CI = 3.2-5.0). Injuries increased with increased balance and agility, but there were no differences according to reaction time. No other study variables were associated with the incidence of injuries. Our findings of an increase in the incidence of injuries with better motor ability may express differences in exposure to risk situations between children with better and poorer motor abilities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)43-48
Number of pages6
JournalAccident Analysis and Prevention
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2004
Externally publishedYes


  • Anthropometric measurements
  • Motor ability
  • Risk factors
  • School injuries
  • Sensation seeking

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human Factors and Ergonomics
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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