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078 Injury risk in school children with probable developmental coordination disorder or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
  1. Kyle McCallum1,
  2. Benjamin Tan1,
  3. Rebecca Marjoram1,
  4. Carly McKay2,
  5. Patricia K Doyle-Baker1,
  6. Tal Jarus3,
  7. Deborah Dewey4,
  8. Carolyn Emery1,4
  1. 1Faculty of Kinesiology, University of Calgary, Calgary, Canada
  2. 2Department of Health, University of Bath, Bath, UK
  3. 3Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
  4. 4Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary, Calgary, Canada


Background Sport and recreation-related (S&R) injury burden is high in adolescents (ages 13–19; incidence proportions (IP) ranging 29.4–40.2 injuries/100 students/year). There is a paucity of S&R injury data in children (<13 years). Individuals with Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD) and/or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) may have a higher risk of injury; however, the focus has not been S&R injury or children in these studies.

Objective To examine S&R injury risk in school children, comparing typically developing children to those screening positive for probable (p) DCD and/or ADHD.

Design Cross-sectional study.

Setting Elementary schools in Calgary, Canada.

Patients (or Participants) In total, 681 students (grades 4–6; ages 8–13) from 33 randomly selected schools were recruited.

Interventions (or Assessment of Risk Factors) Children were screened for pDCD and/or pADHD through the DCD Questionnaire (DCDQ’07) and the Vanderbilt ADHD Rating Scale (VADPRS), respectively.

Main Outcome Measurements S&R participation and one-year injury history (medical attention and time loss) were child/parent/guardian reported on a survey.

Results The overall S&R IP was 28.2 injuries/100 participations (95%CI: 24.8–31.6). The injury rate (IR) was 2.43 injuries/1000-participation hours (95%CI: 2.06–2.85), with no significant differences between typically developing children and those screening positive for pDCD and/or pADHD. The IR for typically developing children was 2.2 injuries/1000-hours (95%CI: 1.79–2.68), 3.13 (95%CI: 2.21–4.42) for pDCD, 2.82 (95%CI: 1.29–5.34) for pADHD, and 2.93 (95%CI: 1.52–5.12) for children with pDCD and ADHD. Compared to typically developing children, children with pDCD [adjusted odds ratio (OR) = 1.08; 95%CI: 0.64–1.84], pADHD (OR = 1.14; 95%CI: 0.53–2.45), and pDCD/ADHD (OR = 1.24; 95%CI: 0.58–2.65) were at no greater risk for S&R injuries.

Conclusions Similar to adolescents, burden of S&R injury is high in children. Children with pDCD and/or pADHD were not at a greater risk of S&R injury than typically developing children. Injury prevention strategies should target children and adolescents.

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