ERIC Number: EJ908499
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 25
Safe Physical Activity Environments--To What Extent Are Local Government Authorities Auditing the Safety of Grassed Sporting Grounds?
Otago, Leonie; Swan, Peter; Donaldson, Alex; Payne, Warren; Finch, Caroline
ACHPER Australia Healthy Lifestyles Journal, v56 n2 p5-9 2009
Physical activity (PA) participation is influenced by the safety of the settings in which it is undertaken. This study describes the grounds assessment practices of Local Government Authorities (LGAs) in Victoria, Australia to ensure the safety of grassed sporting grounds. It also makes recommendations for improving these practices to maximise the safety for all users (sport and other forms of PA) of LGA grounds. Forty-seven (60% of all Victorian) LGAs participated in the study. Of these, 23 (49%) had no sports ground safety policy or guidelines. Where LGAs ranked grounds, those used for higher standards of play received better maintenance regimes and more regular safety assessments than those considered to be of poorer quality or for general community use. Minimal standards for grounds assessment, including safety checks, and maintenance need to be developed and adopted as regular practice for all sporting grounds used for sport and other forms of PA.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Physical Activities, Participation, Context Effect, Safety, Physical Environment, Athletics, Facilities, Inspection, Local Government, Maintenance, Program Effectiveness
Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation. 214 Port Road PO Box 304, Hindmarsh, SA 5007, Australia. Tel: +61-8-8340-3388; Fax: +61-8-8340-3399; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http://www.achper.org.au
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Australia