Saturday, April 9, 2011

Safety at Play: National Public Health Week 2011

Safety at Play: SwingingThis is National Public Health Week (April 4-11). This year's theme is: Safety is NO Accident: Live Injury-Free. According to the American Public Health Association, 150,000 die each year from accidents, and another 30 million go to the emergency room. Let's work together to decrease injuries and death from avoidable causes. For these and other tips - check out the American Public Health Association website.

1. Wear a helmet and other properly fitted protective gear.

2. Use proper form and accept your body’s limits.

3. Have a physical before starting a new sport and warm-up each time before beginning.

4. Play it safe and strictly enforce rules that prevent injury.

5. Monitor children while they are at play to ensure safety.

6. Drink plenty of water to avoid becoming dehydrated.

7. Educate coaches on how to ensure the health and safety of youth athletes.

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