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Active & Safe PEI Project Resources

Active & Safe PEI Project

Under the leadership of Recreation PEI, a number of PEI organizations including the Island Network for Injury Prevention, Cycling PEI, Sport PEI, Hockey PEI, and other contributing partners applied for and received a contribution from the Public Health Agency of Canada under the Active and Safe Initiative. The overall goal of this initiative was to reduce sport and recreation related injuries sustained in high participation activities among children and youth (ages 0-19), in particular, concussions/brain injuries and fractures.

Active and Safe PEI was launched June 25, 2012 and ended March 31, 2013.  The project was able to address these issues through a number of activities.  The information below is a description of the project's desired outcomes and how these outcomes were achieved. Resources are underlined in blue and are available as a PDF.

(The views expressed herein do not necessarily represent the Public Health Agency of Canada.)

 

Increase in the number of Daycares, Early Years Centres and rural municipalities that are informed about CSA standards for playspaces and how to develop policy to address playground safety issues.

 

o   Development of an educational presentation for municipalities, Day Care and Early Years Centres that will be delivered by Canadian Certified Playground Inspectors.

An educational Playground Safety (Inspections & Policies) Presentation (French) was developed for rural municipalities and child care centres.

o   Participants at a sample of sessions will be invited to participate in a pre and post knowledge questionnaire.

A pre/post Playground Safety Presentation Questionnaire was developed to be completed before and after the Playground Safety Presentation mentioned above. A Playground Safety Presentation Follow-Up Questionnaire was developed to be administered three months later to see what information has been obtained long-term.

o   The playground inspectors will offer to inspect the playgrounds of the participants and give a report around recommended changes to ensure CSA compliance.

A Playground Safety Inspections Brochure (French) was created and mailed out to Rural Community Administrative Offices offering Playground Inspections.

The brochure contained a Sample Community Playground Inspection and Maintenance Policy (French).

The Playground Inspections follow standards outlined in “CSA-Z614-07: Children’s Playspaces and Equipment”. Following each outdoor playground inspection a Detailed Annual Comprehensive Report was given to the playground owner/operator. The report includes; Sitemap/equipment photographs, description of non-compliant issues, reference to specific CSA clauses, hazard classifications, photos of all areas of non-compliance, example figures, a summary, and recommendations.

 

Increase the number of Day Cares, Early Years Centres that have or intend to develop policies for safe indoor and outdoor play and falls prevention.

o   Host a workshop to provide a process for these Centres to identify the safe indoor and outdoor (playground) playspace and other falls prevention policies and practices they need. Share sample policies/guidelines with those who are not in attendance.

A document titled Injury Prevention Guidelines for PEI Early Childhood Centres (French) was developed. The guidelines section includes information on falls prevention, burn and scald prevention, poison prevention, choking/strangulation prevention, outdoor weather considerations, and injury/injury prevention monitoring. The policy section includes information on the development of policies in early childhood settings, a policy template and five sample policies that Early Years Centres can either adopt or adapt for their own use.

o   Get Centres who attend the workshop to begin developing policies/guidelines.

A Sample Playground Safety Binder was created including; a (Daycare) Playground Safety Policy (French), an Injury Report(French) a Weekly Visual Check (French), a Monthly Playground Maintenance Checklist (French), a Playground Safety Presentation(French) and a Policy Review Sheet (French).

 

50 children ages 3-6 engage in the Trikes to Bikes program and/or the Safe Start (balance training) program through Active Start.

o   The ‘Safe Start Program’ will be developed and offered in at least 3 Daycares and Early Years Centres across PEI (one in each county).

Sport PEI has developed a Safe Start Program Lesson Plan with the help of Parasport & Recreation PEI and Special Olympics PEI with 50 lesson plans to choose from. The program teaches balance strategies and fall prevention techniques through active play for developing 3-6 year old children. Proper NCCP training is needed before attempting to teach this program; therefore, the Lesson Plan is only available by request through Sport PEI.

o   The ‘Trikes to Bikes Program’ will be developed and offered in at least 3 Daycares and Early Years Centres across PEI (one in each county).

Cycling PEI has developed the Trikes to Bikes Program Lesson Plan. The program teaches balance strategies and fall prevention techniques while transferring from a tricycle to a bicycle for developing 3-6 year old children. Proper NCCP training is needed before attempting to teach this program; therefore, the Program is only available by request through Cycling PEI.

 

Increase the number of Island children wearing helmets when cycling and engaging in other wheeled activities.

o   In cooperation with the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure and using the approved Operation Headway data collection form, coordinate the helmet wearing observations to measure children’s wearing rates (500 observations across PEI).

Helmet wearing observations for 2012 were done using the approved PEI Observation Data Collection Form 2012.

 

Increase the number of Island children that have taken skills-based cycling training.

o   Deliver the CAN-BIKE Skills Training Program to children and youth aged 9-14. The CAN-BIKE Skills Training Program will be evaluated pre/post.

A pre/post CAN-BIKE Skills Training Evaluation Form (French) was developed and delivered in conjunction with the program.

 

Increase the awareness of both cyclists and motorists around sharing the road safely as well as appropriate behaviour in reducing motor vehicle/cyclist collisions.

o   Working in collaboration with the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure develop PSA’s targeted at cyclists and motorists.

Two 30 second television PSA’s were developed; ‘Bike Safety’ and ‘Share the Road’.

Cycling PEI is working in collaboration with the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure to develop two additional PSA’s with topics directed towards motorists; ‘Car Doors and Turning Right in front of Cyclists’ and ‘Visibility and Where to Ride’.

 

Increase the awareness of children, youth and their parents regarding using helmets during public skates.

o   Conduct a scan of rink owners/operators to identify current helmet wearing and other safety policies and practices in place for children.

A Helmet Safety Policy Data Collection Form (French) for rinks was developed and delivered to all rinks in order to identify which rinks currently have a written helmet safety policy and which would rinks would consider adopting such a policy in the future.

 

Increase in the number of public rinks that have or intend to have helmet policies.

o   Develop a presentation for rink owners that explain the benefits of helmet wearing policies.

A Helmet Safety Policy Presentation (French) ws developed and delivered to all rinks in combination with the Helmet Safety Policy Data Collection Form mentioned above.

A Sample Helmet Safety Policy Binder was created including; Helmet Policy Sign (French), Helmet Safety Policy (French), Helmet Safety Policy Waiver & Release of Liability Form (French), and an optional Helmet Sign-Out Sheet (French) if helmets are available for use/rent.

 

Increase the understanding of hockey coaches, referees, trainers, parents and players on how to recognize the signs of concussion, what to do if one is suspected, and how to minimize the risk of a concussion.

o   Concussion Education Session in 4 regions of PEI.

A Concussion Awareness Information Session Presentation (French) was developed for physicians and hockey trainers to present.

To gather the knowledge attained and to rate the presentation itself, a pre/post Concussion Awareness Information Session Questionnaire (French) was created to go along with the Concussion Awareness Information Session Presentation.

 

 

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