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978 Smart moves – more healthy and safe activities in vocational schools
  1. Autio Katariina,
  2. Jussila Anne-Mari,
  3. Parkkari Jari
  1. Tampere Research Centre of Sports Medicine, UKK Institute, Finland


Background The Sports and Exercise Safety in Finland -program (LiVE) began in 2006. The aim of the LiVE is to reduce sport injuries. LiVE has three different projects: Healthy Athlete 2006-, TEKO - Safety in School Sports 2010-, Smart Moves 2014-. The program is coordinated by the Tampere Research Centre of Sports Medicine at the UKK Institute.

There is a great deal of polarisation in the lifestyles and overall health knowledge of vocational school students. In addition, every year approximately 350,000 sports injuries occur in Finland and the trend is increasing. Young men in particular are at risk. Up to 50% of the injuries could be prevented.

Objective The Smart Moves project targets 16 to 19 year old vocational students with the aim of

  • increasing healthy and safe physical activity

  • reducing sedentary behaviour

  • preventing sports and leisure time accidents and overuse injuries.

Results Smart Moves will increase the safety of sports and leisure time activities

  • by producing diverse and encouraging fact-based material to vocational schools

  • by developing practical tools together with physical activity and safety experts and students

  • by spreading information to schools through various events and campaigns.

The project will produce material that will be available to anyone online free of charge. The main target group for the material are vocational school teachers and students. The website has been designed to be part of a school’s everyday activities and it is connected to the curriculum at a practical level.

Conclusion The project website is expected to be completed by the end of 2016. Smart Moves projects implementation with vocational teachers has begun and it will increase during the year 2016. Projects evaluation will be done after the active project phase at the end of 2016.

The Smart Moves project is funded by the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health.

  • sport safety
  • physical activity
  • sedentary behaviour
  • vocational schools

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