I was driving by a kids' soccer game last weekend and noticed something rather alarming - most of the kids were on the field playing the game with their coaches, but a few of the sidelined kids were misbehaving, pushing each other near an area where there were concrete blocks, and also running over to a playground and climbing onto areas they shouldn't have been. No one said or did anything. The coaches were literally on the soccer field, watching the other players, with their backs turned to the sidelined kids.
As I drove by, I couldn't help but think that one wrong push from an otherwise innocent 5 year old kid and another young child could be brain damaged, if their head hit a concrete block, or if they fell while climbing on top of the play structures - all the while, no one is watching or supervising these young kids.
Lack of proper supervision is one of the most common reasons why younger children get injured while playing organized sports, like soccer, basketball, football, and baseball. In fact, these four sports result in some of the highest numbers of injuries. According to a 1997 U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission report, the majority of medically attended injuries occurred during the following sports:
Safety awareness and protocol are crucial to protect children from preventable injuries. Whether on a playground or at an organized sports events, coaches and administrators must provide proper supervision. For more information about head injuries on playgrounds, click here.
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