The spring sports season has finally arrived and most days of the week find local ball parks filled with activities as young athletes perfect their game. However, this is often a time in which the number of injuries among children increase. In fact, concussions and mild forms of traumatic brain injuries are some of the most common injuries among youth that participate in spring sports.
From sprained ankles to a bump on the head, sports injuries are sometimes unavoidable; but there is plenty that can be done to prevent them. It all boils down to creating the safest environment possible for your young athletes. As your organization’s spring sports season gets underway, there are a variety of safety considerations to keep in mind. These include:
- Making sure that the field or court is free of any object that could cause an injury, such as broken glass, holes, excess moisture, etc.
- Checking all equipment, including your players’ gear, to see that it is in working order
- Providing adequate hydration and giving kids sufficient breaks to avoid dehydration
- Being watchful of weather conditions and rescheduling a practice, moving it indoors, or modifying the workout if conditions are too hot, cold, or stormy.
- Keep a well-stocked first aid kit nearby during all practices and games.
- Have coaches complete CPR and First Aid training courses.
In addition to CPR and First Aid trainings, many youth sports organizations have reported that their coaches have benefitted from additional trainings on topics such as communication skills, injury prevention, child abuse prevention, working with parents, and others. In the article “Empowering Volunteers: Benefits of youth sports coach training,” David Moriaty, recreational director supervisor for the Town of Henrietta (New York) shared that coaches usually feel more confident about their abilities when they receive additional trainings, and this also benefits the youth.
“This ultimately benefits the youth that they serve because they will have coaches who are knowledgeable in all of the appropriate safety measures along with teaching sportsmanship and self-esteem to them…”
What safety precautions does your organization offer to coaches to help keep players safe throughout the spring sports season? Leave a comment with your ideas.
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