injury prevention

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An important aspect of public health. The term applies to injury prevention in traffic and transportation, at work, school, home, community, and in recreational settings. Violence prevention includes reducing child maltreatment, sexual violence, intimate partner violence, suicide, homicide, and youth violence. Unintentional injury includes the prevention of fires and burns, motor vehicle crash injuries, falls, poisonings, suffocation, drowning, and sports injuries. Injury prevention is achieved through education, laws and policies, enforcement of regulations and safety standards, behavior change, eliminating or minimizing environmental and occupational hazards, use of personal protective equipment, product safety improvements including warnings and labeling, vehicle and road safety countermeasures, and the use of safety equipment and guards in occupational settings.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology — Sports and Exercise Medicine.

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