Sunday, April 10, 2011

April Is National Youth Sports Safety Month

The month of April has been proclaimed as National Youth Sports Safety Month! The national health event was initiated by the National Youth Sports Safety Foundation, Inc. in 1993 to help promote safety in sports organizations. It is a non-profit, educational organization dedicated to reducing the number and severity of injuries youth sustain in sports and fitness activities. This foundation is the only organization in the country solely dedicated to this objective!

The foundation's mission is to promote the healthy development of youth and to keep them physically active in sports for life!

This organization is just one of the ways to bring about the importance of keeping children active but also keeping them safe! Now you may be thinking to yourself... what can I do as an educator to help promote youth sport safety? Here is a small list of things you can do to help educate your students as well as others.

- Celebrate National Youth Sports Safety Month in your classes

- Create a list of your community's sport fields and playgrounds. Check them for hazards and let someone know of these dangers.

- Write letters in support of youth sports safety to school boards, athletic directors and administrators of youth sport programs. Encourage them to have an emergency plan and an immediate first responder in case of an injury.

- Hold a sports safety event for your community!

- Offer to speak at PTA meetings, schools, health clubs, recreation centers and youth sports groups about sport safety.

- Invite local professional athletes to talk with students regarding conditioning, training and sports safety.

This is just a small list of things we as educators can do to showcase the importance of youth sports safety! It's our job to inform students of issues regarding safety, so let them know about Youth Sports Safety! For more information please visit the National Youth Sports Safety website by clicking here.

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