Safety in sport

Participating in sports is a great way to socialise with friends, get fit, have fun and meet new people, however […]

Participating in sports is a great way to socialise with friends, get fit, have fun and meet new people, however all sporting activities pose risk of injury.

Whether you’re 5 or 55, it is essential to follow rules during sport to minimise the risk of injury as much as possible.

To lower your risk of injury during sports follow our 4 tips to safety in sport.

Warm up and cool down.
No matter how fit you may feel, you must perform a warm up and cool down session when participating in sporting activities.
Warming up could include anything from stretches to a light jog, this is so your muscles lengthen and your blood flow increases, preparing you for exercise and reducing the risk of injury to muscles.

Know the rules of the game.
This rule is simple, yet effective; when you know and follow the correct rules of the game, the chance of injury is lowered.
Research in to your chosen sport and make sure you know what you can and can’t do, where you can and can’t go, as this will lower the risk of accidents for you and/or teammates.

Photo by Les Stockton / CC BY

Photo by Les Stockton / CC BY

Wear protective gear, such as helmets, protective pads, and other gear.
Protective accessories help keep you safe during sport, but which type you need to use depends entirely on which sport you are taking part in.
Protective gear can range from eye protection and mouth guards, to helmets and protective cups. If you don’t know what item of protective gear you should be wearing, research your sport and find out.

Don’t play when you’re injured.
It sounds simple, but when you are injured it’s hard not to want to join in on your favourite sporting activities. If you play while injured, you are highly likely to make the injury a lot worse.
If you have hurt yourself, speak to a medical professional to find out when you will be able to play again, because although you may feel better, it doesn’t mean your injury is.

If an injury were to occur it is essential that you have the correct equipment on hand to deal with medical emergencies.

If you are planning on taking part in amateur sporting activities then a First Aid kit should suffice, but if you play or coach a sports activity with a high risk of injury, then you will require advanced medical emergency equipment.

sports medical kitThe Sport Promote Kit Bag is ideal for treating a variety of injuries caused by sports.
The bag is lightweight, durable and comes with a complete set of medical emergency equipment as well plenty of space for a oxygen cylinder and defibrillator. The Resuscitation Kit backpack is a fit for purpose pitch-side resuscitation kit, currently supplied to a number of Scottish Premier League Clubs, as well as the Irish FA and the Irish Institute of Sport.
Click here to find out more about The Sport Promote Kit Bag.

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