Child injuries often happen at school's Field Day events. This is because every student in the school is invited to participate in athletic events and competitions. These often include things like running races, home run contests, free throw competitions, soccer competitions and the like. Students with athletic experience may be allowed to compete against the star athletes. Girls may compete against boys.
However, attention to safety at these events are completely lacking and leads to numerous injuries to the students. For example, helmets may not be required on Field Day. Students may be allowed to mill around the outfield during a homerun derby, or may actually be competing in other events in the outfield while batters are hitting balls. This would (or should) never take place at formal team practice. When this takes place on Field Day, there is a serious breach of safety standards and avoidable, unnecessary injuries occur.
I have seen firsthand the tragic, life-altering consequences that this type of loose supervision and enforcement can have for the students participating in these events. To learn more about Safety at School Field Day, please see the free article I wrote about Field Day Safety.
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