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Domingo, 29 de Marzo de 2020 19:20

INCIDENCE OF FALLS AND NEED FOR TRAINING IN SAFE AND PROTECTED FALLING TECHNIQUES (SAFE FALL) IN BOARDSPORTS PRACTITIONERS 

 

 

ABSTRACT

 

The World Health Organization (WHO, 2018) determines falls as the second major cause of accidental injuries leading to death and considers the research and development programs related to them a priority. With the increasing popularity of skateboarding and boardsports, medical centers have experienced an increment of injuries.

Therefore, the purpose of this paper is to identify if skateboarders, and people who practice boardsports, know the risk of falls, what kind of training they have had in terms of falls, and if they consider important a specific training on safe and protected techniques from falling.

For this purpose, the INFOSECA questionnaire (Campos-Mesa, Corral-Pernía, Chacón-Borrego, & Castañeda-Vázquez, 2017) and the WHO questionnaire for the study of falls (WHO, 1989) were answered by 285 of these sportspeople (211 men and 74 women).

Results revealed that 92% of the surveyed population has fallen sometime in the last two years (49% of them have fallen 5 or more times). Only 7% know that WHO determines falls as the second major cause of accidental injuries, and 99% attach great importance to the inclusion of specific training in the field of falls. In addition, more than 70% of the population has never received any specific training in falls.

The findings imply that it is necessary to introduce and develop an active intervention program in safe and protected techniques to fall, in order to minimize the consequences of accidental falls in these sports, responding to the current problem that it has been facing from different public organisms such as the World Health Organization.

 

KEY WORDS

Falls; boardsports; Education; Health Education.

 

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