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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine the risk factors for injuries on a beach. It is important to know all the risk fctors for injuries that can happen in a beach in order to prevent accidents. Risk factors were grouped in four main categories: beach morphology (BM), beach equipment (BE), lifeguard service (LS) and miscellaneous aspects (MA). All of them were evaluated according to their importance using a survey by Spanish and International experts. Descriptive analysis showed that LS is the main mechanism by which to reduce injuries on a beach. Lifeguard service in-service training is very important as are the affluence and activities developed by the beach patrons, the influences of weather and climate on the beach and other infrastructures as risk factors for dangers on beaches.

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