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Schoolyard play vital for student health
Schoolyard play vital for student health

More Australian primary school students are suffering wrist and arm fractures because they do not know how to play, according to human movement scientists.

A study claims less active children are at greater risk of injury during schoolyard play because of reduced motor skills.

The study, to be published in the Journal of Sports Medicine and Science, examined measures to reduce injury risk in eight to 12-year-olds.

At North Balga Primary School, students are encouraged to learn through play with the help of a jungle gym and a man-made stream.

"They develop a sense of resilience when they have to struggle and clamber," teacher Oriana Nicholson said.


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