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racial disparities in swimming pool deaths
« on: May 24, 2014, 08:58:08 pm »
http://www.freep.com/article/20140524/FEATURES01/305240062/swimming-pool-drownings-racial-disparity

Very depressing--   :(
I'm sure that urban swimming/water-recreation amenities (public/city and private aka YMCA) being downsized/closed in various cities over the past 40+ years hasn't helped..  :-\


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Swimming pools are a much greater danger to black children and teens than they are to other kids, a new government study shows.

Black children ages 5 to 19 drown in swimming pools at a rate more than five times that of white children, the research found. That suggests a lot of blacks are not learning to swim, said the lead author, Dr. Julie Gilchrist of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Swimming is a life-saving skill, not just another sport, she said.

■ Related: Many swimmers come up short in water-safety skills

The racial differences were smaller for drownings in lakes or other bodies of water. Experts think thatís because relatively few blacks go boating or participate in other water activities

Drowning is a major cause of death in children and young adults, and researchers have long observed a higher rate in African-Americans. The report released Thursday looked at racial differences in far greater detail, by age and by where youths drown.

Among whites, drowning rates peak in toddlers but then decline dramatically around age 5 and stay down. Experts think thatís a result of swimming lessons kicking in.

Among blacks, the drowning rate for toddlers is lower, but it doesnít drop off the same way as children get older.

An earlier study showed that nearly 60% of black children surveyed were unable to swim or felt uncomfortable in the deep end of a pool, compared to 31% of white kids.

That stems from cultural differences, experts believe. Generally, more white families spend recreation time at pools or beaches, and more white parents make sure their kids can swim, Gilchrist said.

About 21,000 children and young adults drowned from 1999 through 2010, according to the CDC study. Overall, the black drowning rate was about 40% higher than the rate for whites. The rate for Hispanics was roughly the same as for whites and the Asian rate was slightly lower. The rate for American Indians and Alaska Natives was the highest ó about double the white rate.

Another CDC study released Thursday found each year between 3,000 and 5,000 people go to the emergency room with injuries from pool chemicals. Children under 18 now account for nearly half of those treated. That could suggest a growing carelessness in keeping pool chemicals away from kids, said Michele Hlavsa of the CDC, the studyís lead author.

Common problems include cough, headaches or shortness of breath from inhaling chemical dust or vapors and irritated skin or eyes from chemical splashes.

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Re: racial disparities in swimming pool deaths
« Reply #1 on: May 25, 2014, 05:36:56 pm »
http://www.freep.com/article/20140524/FEATURES01/305240062/swimming-pool-drownings-racial-disparity

Very depressing--   :(
I'm sure that urban swimming/water-recreation amenities (public/city and private aka YMCA) being downsized/closed in various cities over the past 40+ years hasn't helped..  :-\
How many HEF members can swim?  I can, and so can my whole family.

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Re: racial disparities in swimming pool deaths
« Reply #2 on: May 26, 2014, 05:21:54 pm »
....remembering the fun I had at YMCAs and summer camps as a kid.  I was never an expert/speedster, but I knew the basics.. I never would've figured that something like this would become any kind of trend..  :-\
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Re: racial disparities in swimming pool deaths
« Reply #3 on: May 26, 2014, 05:39:52 pm »
How many HEF members can swim?  I can, and so can my whole family.

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Re: racial disparities in swimming pool deaths
« Reply #4 on: May 29, 2014, 07:23:59 am »
Same here although I want my children to get better, take more classes, etc.

I was a competitive springboard diver growing up. So, yeah, I can swim. A few years back, I was swimming a couple of miles a week. Need to get back to that.
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