Preventing physical activity induced heat illness in school settings

Shannon, Hugh A., Stewart, Ian B., & Stewart, Kelly L. (2009) Preventing physical activity induced heat illness in school settings. In Cuddihy, Thomas F. & Brymer, Eric (Eds.) Proceedings of The 26th ACHPER International Conference : Creating Active Futures, School of Human Movement Studies, Queensland University of Technology, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Queensland, pp. 271-281.

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The climatic conditions of tropical and subtropical regions within Australia present, at times, extreme risk of physical activity induced heat illness. Many administrators and teachers in school settings are aware of the general risks of heat related illness. In the absence of reliable information applied at the local level, there is a risk that inappropriate decisions may be made concerning school events that incorporate opportunities to be physically active. Such events may be prematurely cancelled resulting in the loss of necessary time for physical activity. Under high or extremely high risk conditions however, the absence of appropriate modifications or continuation could place the health of students, staff and other parties at risk. School staff and other key stakeholders should understand the mechanisms of escalating risk and be supported to undertake action to reduce the level of risk through appropriate policies, procedures, resources and action plans.

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ID Code: 27989
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: The contents of the proceedings can be freely accessed via the conference website (see Official URL)
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Keywords: Heat Illness, School, Physical Activity, Monitoring
ISBN: 9781741072860
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > OTHER EDUCATION (139900) > Education not elsewhere classified (139999)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Exercise & Nutrition Sciences
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
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Deposited On: 19 Oct 2009 01:29
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 14:03

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