Online Course
Boosting Children’s Health Through Risky Outdoor Play
Understand the benefits of risky play for children

2.5-3 hours





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Andrea Sturm
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Andrea is a neurological physiotherapist from Austria. She has a special interest in Ethics and Mental Health.

To envision, explore, enhance, and employ environmental physiotherapy

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Physical activity, which includes active play for children, is related to better health outcomes and is recognised as one of the most efficient ways to enhance a person’s health across their lifespan. However, current generations of children play for shorter durations, and they play less frequently outside than their parent’s generation. There is also a shift in children’s physical activity from unsupervised and unstructured outdoor play towards structured and supervised activities primarily performed indoors. This course will describe what is limiting outdoor play, the benefits of outdoor risky play, and how to incorporate this sort of play into daily life for all children and including it in the therapy by rehabilitation professional.


The aim of this course is to describe outdoor risky play, explore its benefits, potential risks, the necessity for child development and including it as part of therapy and for children with disabilities.


This course is made up of videos, reading, forum posts and a final quiz. The course content is split into the following topics:

  1. Outdoor Activities
  2. Risky Play
  3. Risky Play for Children with Disabilities

Target audience

This course is aimed at Physiotherapy and Physical Therapy clinicians, students and assistants. Other interested professionals such as athletic trainers, occupational therapists, nurses or medical doctors interested in this subject are also invited to participate.


Availability - this course is online and can be completed on your own schedule.

Hours of Learning - No deadlines are applied to this course and it can be started and completed in your own time according to your personal schedule. We expect the required elements to take around 2.5-3 hours depending on your schedule and learning style. Additionally there are many optional resources provided and if you choose to review these the course could take longer to complete.

Types of Activities - Watching videos, reading, a final quiz and participating in an international discussion forum.

Certificates - At the end of the course, when you have completed all of the required elements, you will be able to download a certificate of completion and 2.5 Plus points will be added to your personalised learning dashboard.

Requirements to complete this course

In order to complete this course and receive a course completion certificate plus CEUs/CCUs/CPD points you will need to:

  1. Respect the Plus Community Culture.
  2. Log all the required learning activities as complete (represented by the orange icons!).
  3. Actively and appropriately participate in the course discussions.
  4. Pass a final quiz with a score of 80% or more.
  5. Complete a course evaluation form.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • describe appropriate levels of physical activity for children and adolescents based on World Health Organization recommendations
  • list at least three health benefits and four categories of risky play and their related risks
  • describe at least two characteristics of outdoor risky play and three environmental factors that restrict this form of play
  • identify at least two barriers and benefits for children with disabilities to engage in risky play and at least three ways to support children with disabilities to have the opportunity for risky play

Instructor financial and non-financial disclosures

Andrea Sturm: No relevant relationships disclosed by instructor.


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