The start of a new school year means the start of the fall sports season, which also means there are some important safety concerns that should be considered. A recent study completed by Safe Kids Worldwide determined that every year, there are 1.35 million emergency visits because of serious sports injuries. That is approximately one child getting injuring while playing a sport every 25 seconds!
When planning for your organization’s fall sports programs, it is extremely vital to be aware of the most common injuries that can occur, as well as other health risks associated with sports, and to take the necessary precautions to create the safest environment possible. Although injuries can run the gamut, a few of the most common safety and health concerns are sprains and strains and heat-related health issues. Ensuring the playing field or court is free of obstacles and hazards that may cause falls or twists and making sure there is plenty of water available, are just a couple of ways to help reduce the number of injuries and illnesses during sports activities.
Additionally, it helps to know a bit about your participants’ health history in order to prevent sports related injuries and illnesses. For example, children that are generally inactive, have a chronic illness, or are recovering from a previous injury or illness can be particularly susceptible to injury or illness. Having a history on the children participating can help you take the proper measures to prevent any incidents.
Another common risk in sports is the risk of concussion. Although they occur in all sports and range in severity, concussions are most common in football, one of America’s most favorite fall sports. If you have children participating in contact sports such as football or hockey through your organization, you should ensure they have proper safety helmets and other protective gear to limit the chances of receiving a serious concussion. It is also critical to make sure your staff is aware of the symptoms of concussion and knows how to handle a concussion injury. Additionally, any fall sports program should have emergency contact information on hand for all participants.
A review of safety and emergency practices before the start of the fall sports programs would ensure everyone involved is aware of what steps to follow in case of an injury. Staffing First Aid- and CPR-certified employees and volunteers and making sure there is always a well-stocked first aid kit are also important safety measures, as we mentioned in our previous article on spring coaching safety.
To ensure your nonprofit insurance covers your fall sports season adequately, call the professionals at Lamb Financial Group at 866-481-5262 or contact us online.