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Dr. Julie Gilchrist

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Medical Epidemiologist In the Div...

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U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
1600 Clifton Road N.E.
Atlanta, Georgia 30333
United States


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"There are striking disparities," said ..., 15 May 2014 [cached]
"There are striking disparities," said lead researcher Dr. Julie Gilchrist, a medical epidemiologist in the division of unintentional injury prevention at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Gilchrist thinks these disparities result from many minorities not having been taught basic swimming skills. "A teenager who drowns in a backyard swimming pool that is only 6- or 7-feet deep -- that's just lack of basic swimming skill," she said.
"There is evidence that suggests that African Americans lack basic swimming skills at greater numbers than their white or Hispanic counterparts," Gilchrist added.
Access to swimming pools is one problem. "But it's also a cultural choice as to how you spend your recreational time and dollars. I think parents perceive swimming as just another recreational activity, and they may choose soccer or baseball or basketball instead," she said.
Many parents don't see swimming as a necessary lifesaving skill, Gilchrist said. "Actually, learning basic swim skills, such as being able to right yourself in the water, control your breathing, float and swim 25 yards is lifesaving," she noted.
Gilchrist doesn't think learning swimming strokes is as important as learning survival skills. "As far as reducing these disparities, swim skills would go a long way," she suggested.
Parents can find basic swimming programs at local YMCAs and through the Red Cross, Gilchrist said. The CDC and the AAP support giving kids swim lessons. These lessons can start as early as the age of 1, Gilchrist said.
"Swimming is a lifesaving skill -- it's a necessity, it's not a recreation," Gilchrist noted.
In addition to swim skills, she said, lifeguards, life jackets, fences and bystander CPR are all important in preventing drowning.
SOURCES: Julie Gilchrist, M.D., medical epidemiologist, division of unintentional injury prevention, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; May 16, 2013, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
This content is reviewed regularly and is updated when new and relevant evidence is made available.
Julie Gilchrist, a medical ..., 6 July 2012 [cached]
Julie Gilchrist, a medical epidemiologist and pediatrician at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said the heat wave should serve as a wake-up call for everyone to learn survival swimming skills -- how to right one's body, swim to the surface, control breathing, float or tread water, and traverse a distance in the water. She said research shows swimming lessons even for children as young as age 1 can help protect them from drowning.
"Everybody needs to know how to swim," she said.
She urged people to swim at beaches or pools with lifeguards but not to rely on the lifeguard to track their children.
"Hospital treatment is really high, but ..., 13 Sept 2013 [cached]
"Hospital treatment is really high, but unlike other injuries in which hospital care can make a big difference, hospital care doesn't tend to alter outcomes [for drowning cases]," says study author Dr. Julie Gilchrist, a pediatrician and medical epidemiologist with the Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention in the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control.
"When kids are supposed to be in the water, the best prevention is parents' eyes on their children the entire time and kids' own swimming skills," says Gilchrist.
"When you get into drowning rates for adolescents and adults, other things can contribute like alcohol use and risky behavior, but for children, it really is a lack of swimming skills," says Dr. Gilchrist.
Gilchrist recommends extra precautions for any nearby body of water including backyard ponds.
National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity, 7 Dec 2010 [cached]
Julie Gilchrist, MD, a pediatrician and medical epidemiologist at the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) spoke about her organization's commitment to youth sports safety and its dedicated resources on the consumer education and scientific research fronts.
It may be a common problem, ..., 5 Feb 2008 [cached]
It may be a common problem, but "what exactly shin splints is hasn't been pinned down," explains Julie Gilchrist, a physician and epidemiologist with the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control.
There are lots of suspected causes: lack of experience, excessive running, inadequate warm-up, uneven terrain and even such factors as time of day and weather conditions.But none of these has been proved, making it hard to suggest solutions."You either figure out how to fix it, or not," Gilchrist says.
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