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13-Year Old Student dies after PE lesson

It was a nightmare for Temasek Junior College to let go of one of its students after he felt terribly bad and fainted during their Physical Education class.

The 13 year-old student was rushed to the nearest hospital by the ambulance right after the accident but was unfortunate to have not make it in the hospital.

The spokesperson of the school has extended his deep sympathy to the family and loved ones of the student as he stated:  “We will do our best to

13-Year Old Student dies after PE lesson

13-Year Old Student dies after PE lesson

provide the necessary support to the student’s family.  The college is now providing assistance and counselling support to students and staff as well”

Legal officers are now currently doing the investigation on the sudden death of the student.

Tanglin Secondary has also experienced another case of death earlier this week after one of their students died after a jog during their PE lesson.

The cases of death related to exercising inside several campuses in Singapore has alarmed the Education Ministry. This led them to work with the authorities on starting an in-depth investigation on the matter.

Furthermore, MOE is in full effort in ensuring that every school is following the safest practices during PE lessons.

The ministry spokesperson also announced their guideline of exempting any sick student from participating to any PE rigorous activities.  Also he added:  “Schools also take protective measures such as ensuring students are well-hydrated and providing short rest breaks during long activities”.

Results on the death investigations are yet to be released.


6 Easy-to-Manage Tips in Keeping Students Safe during Exhaustive Exercise

Despite the emerging technology along with instructor’s guidance to help students achieve better and safer exercising, some were still caught up with meeting accidents and worse, death during exercise.

The release of several news concerning the injuries or death of students during their physical activities at school has alarmed not only the Ministry of Education in Singapore but also the concerned parents. The fear could only heighten with the fact that accidents can happen at any time at anywhere even in school.

If you are conscientious parent with full concern to safety and protection of your students, then you may find the following 6 tips relevant and helpful:

1. Proper warm up. According to Harvard Health Publication, a 5-15 minute warm up is a great way to prepare a student for an extensive exercise. A good warm-up allows them to slowly adjust their muscles for the extensive movements. Warm up can be in the form of stretching or running in place and should not exceed 15 minutes.

2. Start slowly. Starting in a slow pace will prevent the muscles and bones from hurting. As listed in helpguide.org, starting on a slow pace allows you to breathe a little heavier than normal but won’t make you out of breath, and keeps your body warmer but not overheated.  Parents – train your students to begin their exercise slowly to avoid fatigue.

3. Take moderation. Students must know when to go fast and when to go slow during their exercise.  They must hold off exercise when they are sick or feeling very fatigued. Parents on their other hand, must also take the responsibility of restricting their child from doing vigorous exercises when completely ill.

4. Keep water on side. Water is one of the most essential must-have of students when exercising. A bottle of water prevents dehydration and helps in the proper blood circulation. According to Fitday on their article on “The Importance of Water after Exercising”, drinking water 2 hours before the exercise allows the body to hydrate properly and excrete the unneeded water through sweat.

5. Wear the right clothes. Part of keeping yourself safe during exercise is to wear the right clothes. According to Everyday Health, proper clothes for exercise are the ones with fabric that allows the skin to breathe and those are comfortable and soft to the body. Parents make sure that your students are protected with the right clothes before they hit the outdoors.

6. Consult a doctor. Parents must bring their children to an expert physician to evaluate their current health condition.  Doctors can determine if students are fitted to the exercises or trainings offered in school.

Although exercise is good for the body, Mayo Clinic restricts students with heart disease, asthma or lung disease, diabetes, liver or kidney disease and arthritis from jumping into extensive exercises without medical consultation.

Exercise can bring the body various health rewards but it can also be the source of accidents that are often irreversible. Prevention is always better than cure and the above suggestions are student’s prevention towards injuries and death during and after exercise.

Parents make sure that the above tips are followed by your kids for their health and safety!


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