The National Healthy Survey 2001 estimated that approximately 367,000 Australians reported a recent injury from participating in an organised sport (for example soccer or netball). Of that 367,000, two-thirds were male.
What sports receive the highest % of injuries and what injuries are they likely to be?
Smartplay is Sports Medicine Australia's sports injury prevention program which helps communities play and stay safe.
Sports policy and the sports environment are essential for the safety and wellbeing of athletes. Rules ensure fairness and order. Without fairness and order, players can be injured. Other preventative actions include matching opponents, using protective equipment and providing safe grounds, equipment and facilities.
The policies and rules of sports and activities assist the flow of play and help protect participants from injury. Governing sporting bodies will have policies for safe participation, e.g. heat and storm policies. Policies may also involve supervision requirements of young people to ensure safety and protective equipment
The two examples in your syllabus are HEAT rules and RUGBY UNION SCRUMS - investigate these and 2 other policies and guidelines which you think are important and provide a brief overview of all four.
Before beginning a training program, it is essential that subjects at risk be pre-screened. Age, gender, health status and previous experience are important criteria in the screening process. For example, a person who wishes to begin a program at the age of 40 years and who has a history of active involvement in fun runs and other aerobic activities such as soccer will not have the same elements of risk as an older, obese, unfit person.
Print and complete the pre-screening tool. What indicates a high risk and low risk athlete?
Many of the conditions mentioned in the pre-screening tool, may not be relevant to you at this point in your life. Suggest those that may be of concern in 20 years time (for example, blood pressure). What could you do to prevent these conditions developing?
Weight-for-age best way to stop big teeny boppers from dominating...
A debate that has raged for years is the question of whether children should compete in age or weight categories, especially in contact sports. When my father went to school you competed in weight for school teams and ages for town teams - it was confusing. Then it shifted to purely aged competitions. The huge influx of Islander kids moving to Australia to play League and Union is making many people think that it needs to be shifted back..... There are quality arguments for both sides of this debate. Research and develop your own thoughts to evaluate whether weight or age is a better system in contact sports.
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