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Robin D. Schier, Assistant Professor of Nursing at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, presented this at CPSC’s ATV Safety Summit Oct. 11, 2012. ATV rider safety training, ...
Robin D. Schier, Assistant Professor of Nursing at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, presented this at CPSC’s ATV Safety Summit Oct. 11, 2012. ATV rider safety training, education and danger awareness has become the major focus on reducing the incidents of injuries and deaths in children under the age of 16 years. My doctoral project (currently in press with Journal of Trauma) at Vanderbilt University was dedicated to understanding what the barriers and facilitators were to youth under 16 years of age and ATV safety education and training. The aim of this project was to develop and implement a pilot-version, parent survey assessing barriers against and facilitators for youth under 16 years of age attending the ASI RiderCourse in Tennessee. This project examined the only national ATV safety course given by ASI to determine the low enrollment in this course. No previously validated survey instrument for parents was found, therefore, survey development for this project was based on injury prevention and survey development literature, and personal experience during the attendance of a RiderCourse. The knowledge gained from survey results will help guide the development of future projects that are needed to contribute to the body of knowledge concerning ATV safety and children. Many questions remain unanswered: Are there sufficient ATV safety training courses? Are there direct barriers to enrollment in these courses? Does the public feel the need for formal ATV education? Are the available classes effective for children? Is the RiderCourse student handbook written so children of all ages can understand and comprehend the material? Is it even appropriate to train and educate children on ATV use? Can ATV use ever become a safe, recreational activity for children under the age of 16 years?
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