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Motor Behaviour: C. Burnay (SSC21) Infants drowning prevention
|Duration||9 Minutes 44 Seconds|
|Description||Drowning is the top five leading cause of death among children worldwide and children younger than 4 years are the most represented in the statistics. A set of studies analysed the effect of age, locomotor experience and swimming lessons on babies’ avoidance of bodies of water. The avoidance of the water was tested on 102 infants (Mage= 12.97 ± 2.41 months, MLocomotorExperience= 4.77 ± 2.61 months, MSwimmingSessions= 4.5 ± 9.31) on a water cliff (sudden fall into the water) and on 77 infants (Mage= 12.52 ± 2.94 months, MLocomotorExperience= 5.13 ± 2.99 months, MSwimmingSessions= 6.05 ± 8.58) on a water slope (smooth entrance to the water). Locomotor experience was the best predictor of infants’ avoidance of the water cliff but had no effect on their behaviour on the water slope. The results suggest that while locomotor experience teaches babies to avoid falls into the water, it has no impact on infants’ perception of bodies of water as dangerous environments. Swimming lessons were not linked to infants’ behaviour on the water cliff but on the water slope infants who had attended more then 10 lessons reached the submersion point more than infants who attended less than 10 sessions (p = .030, Fisher's exact test). Prior experience of attending swimming lessons may be related with an increased likelihood of babies entering deep water when it is accessible via a slope.|