San Diego County Office of Education

Dr. Rudy M. Castruita
County Superintendent of Schools
Editor: Mary Blackman, Coordinator
Physical Education/Health
Winter 2005

A case study examined the effects of the Peaceful Playgrounds Program on injury reduction (Bossenmeyer, M. & Owens, K. 2004).

The six-year longitudinal study evaluated how the adoption of and operation of the Peaceful Playgrounds Program (PPP) significantly reduced playground injuries.

The site for the study was a K-5 elementary school in Murrieta, CA. The PPP designed and implemented at Curran Elementary significantly reduced injuries while at the same time dramatically reduced the incidences of rule infractions and misbehavior.

The implementation of PPP and the ongoing commitment to continued staff development in the PPP principles led to both the significant results of the study and the school receiving the prestigious Golden Bell Award from the California School Boards Association in the category of School Safety.

To test the hypothesis that the PPP looked at injury reduction rates, a statistical test was performed on the sample data.

The injury data were organized into proportions of the total number of children that were injured during three years prior to program implementation (average proportion of population inured between 1992 and 1994 = 0.05, n=1,560) and during the three years post implementation (average proportion of population injured between 1995 and 1997 =0.01 m=3,083).

For information on the Peaceful Playgrounds Program contact:

Mary Blackman, Coordinator
San Diego County Office of Education
Phone: (858) 569-5349
Fax: (858) 565-1453

The Health and Physical Education Coordinator provides direct services to the 42 districts in San Diego County and collaborates with local and state leadership projects including CAHPERD, the state professional association for health and physical education teachers.