oung girls are extra doubtless than younger males to take dangers like multitasking or partaking in dialog whereas strolling down stairs, new analysis suggests.
Falling on the steps is extra more likely to end in accidents than different forms of falls, researchers say.
They analysed 2,400 college college students recorded on both the quick staircase (two steps) – 52% of whom had been girls, or on a protracted staircase (17 steps) – 29% girls, and recognized eight dangerous behaviours.
The younger girls we noticed demonstrated extra dangerous behaviour than the younger males
This included not utilizing the handrail, not watching the steps whereas descending, sporting sandals, flip-flops, or excessive heels, having an in-person or telephone dialog, utilizing an digital system, fingers in pockets, holding one thing, and skipping steps.
HyeYoung Cho and Shirley Rietdyk from Purdue College, USA, and colleagues, additionally recognized 5 individuals who misplaced their stability, all of whom recovered – 4 had been males, on the lengthy staircase, and one was a girl, on the quick staircase.
In response to the findings, girls had been considerably much less doubtless to make use of the handrail (although no individuals had been recorded utilizing the handrail of the quick staircase), they had been additionally extra more likely to be holding one thing of their fingers.
Additional, the examine revealed in Plos One, signifies girls had been extra more likely to be engaged in dialog, extra more likely to put on sandals and heels, and likewise demonstrated a better variety of co-occurring dangerous behaviour.
However girls had been much less more likely to skip steps and extra doubtless to have a look at the stair tread throughout transition steps than males.
The examine authors stated: “The younger girls we noticed demonstrated extra dangerous behaviour than the younger males.
“Future research also needs to study physiological variations that will result in higher harm danger, equivalent to variations in power or response time.”
To establish dangers for falling on the steps and study why younger girls maintain so many stair-related accidents in comparison with younger males within the USA, the authors videotaped two indoor staircases on a US college campus over the course of a semester.
Earlier analysis has proven that girls are inclined to work together extra carefully with colleagues, suggesting one potential rationalization for why so lots of the folks partaking in in-person conversations on the steps had been girls.
The researchers recommend that general the outcomes point out girls are sometimes multi-tasking and subsequently presumably distracted whereas descending the steps – and that this could be extra harmful than skipping steps or not trying on the stairs.