National Youth Sports Safety Month

by SKHC Editor on April 30, 2010

Initiated in 1993 by the National Youth Sports Safety Foundation, the month of April is National Youth Sports Safety Month. The national health event encourages the promotion of safety in sports participation.

Safety in sports entails more than just caring for cuts and other minor injuries with a sports first aid kit. Safety in sports also includes the emotional aspect such as being supportive of teammates, including everyone, a sense of accomplishment, etc.

Sports safety isn’t only about the team. It includes the coaches as well. Do you know what it takes to be a supportive coach? Do you know the golden rule of coaching?

Last, but not least, there’s even safety in sports that parents need to be aware of. Parents are encouraged to note the importance of having fun and doing your best, even if you don’t win. Although it’s easy to get caught up in a game parents also need to remember they’re not playing (or most likely coaching) and they need to set an example with appropriate sportsmanlike conduct.

For sports safety fact sheets, tips on being a supportive coach and codes of conduct for parents check out these helpful links:

Emotional Injuries Fact Sheet

Tips for Kids

How to Be a Supportive Coach

Golden Rule of Coaching

Sport Parent Code of Conduct

Ways to Promote Youth Sports Safety

Suggested Events

Source: nyssf.org

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