Every sport imposes some sort of injury risk. Sports related injuries are relevant to players at all ages, but it’s children who are more prone to serious injury as they tend to be more active and are not fully developed. A study conducted by Safe Kids Worldwide found that more than 2.6 million children 0-19 years old are treated in the emergency department each year for sports and recreation-related injuries.
Finding ways to reduce sport related injuries begins with prevention and preparation. It is vital to take precautionary measures to prevent the chance of injury before it can occur. One way to do so is by using safety equipment, such as helmets and shin guards. In addition to protective gear, providing children with age appropriate equipment will also help prevent injuries. Providing safe instruction, giving athletes enough space, and other factors are critical when evaluating your facility’s safety plan.
When injury does occur, make sure you are prepared to act. Staff, supervisors and instructors of sport activities should receive training in CPR/AED/First-Aid so that they can respond appropriately in the event of an injury. In addition to staff training, make sure you are covered by having an insurance policy in place. GymDandy features a built-in insurance policy for select sports protecting you and your facility in case of an accident. By offering general liability and accident coverage insurance, both facility owner and renter can benefit. Renters can now rent without supplying their own insurance policy, making it easier to rent and play, and space owners will not have to spend hours sifting through varying insurance policies.
Despite advances in technology and revised rules to increase safety, sports will always carry a risk of injury. With the right preparation; however, you can reduce that risk and stay covered. Be prepared, be safe, have fun, and keep playing.