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Safety in Sports

All physical activities, sports or otherwise, contain an inherent element of risk. As such, one should always ensure that these risks are minimised before the start of each activity. In many instances, accidents and injuries could be avoided if one adheres to safety practices. 

Use the following safety tips and practices to guide you before, during and after participating in sports and games. 

Before the start of the sport/game:

  • If you have a medical condition, check with your doctor if you are suitable for the sport/game.
  • Do not participate in the sport/game if you are injured/unwell.
  • Check the weather conditions. Do not train or play outdoors if there is poor air quality, extreme heat or lightning risks.
  • Put on appropriate attire.
  • Consider the use of sunscreen to prevent overexposure to the sun.
  • Hydrate yourself adequately by drinking water half an hour before the exercise.
  • Check all personal protective gear (e.g. helmets, shin guards) and equipment (e.g. racket, shoes) to ensure that they are in good working condition.
  • Remove all hard/sharp objects and accessories (e.g. necklaces, ear studs, rings).
  • Check that the playing environment (e.g. field, indoor court) is free from litter and that hazards (e.g. sharp objects, wet flooring) are removed/cleared before the start of the sport/game.
  • Check that the venue is well lit.
  • Conduct warm up activities (e.g. jogging) before performing static stretching exercises.

During the sport/game:

  • Rest frequently to stay hydrated and cool.
  • Hydrate yourself adequately by drinking water frequently.
  • Monitor your teammates/opponents for their physical well-being.
  • Stop if you are injured/unwell. Seek help if required (e.g. approach your teacher-in-charge/an adult).

After the sport/game:

  • Perform ‘cool-down’ routines (e.g. walking, dynamic stretching).
  • Hydrate yourself adequately by drinking water.
  • Seek medical advice should there be any sign(s) of injury/illness following the sport/game.
  • Safety Guiding Questions
      -Am I well/fit for the intended activity?
      -Will this activity bring harm to me or to other?
      -Can I adjust my intended activity so that no one is put in harm's way?
       (If not, do not do it!)