What is the Relationship between Risky Outdoor Play and Health in Children? A Systematic Review.

'Risky outdoor play has been associated with promoting children’s health and development, but also with injury and death. Risky outdoor play has diminished over time, concurrent with increasing concerns regarding child safety and emphasis on injury prevention.'

This review examines the relationship between risky outdoor play and health in children, in order to inform the debate regarding its benefits and harms. 21 relevant papers were identified and evaluated

In summary, the review indicated the need for additional "good quality" studies, however revealed overall positive effect of risky outdoor play on a variety of health indicators and behaviours, such as:

  • Physical activity
  • Social health and behaviours
  • Injuries
  • Aggression. 


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