Youth Athlete Health & Safety Study: Part 1 – Injury Prevention
This is the first part of the Fundamentals of Health and Safety study series, a four part story about the current situation of youth athlete awareness around the topics of injury prevention, nutrition, safety and sleep.
In 2020, as part of the Regional Youth Football initiative for Football Development in Baltic`s project, a study for youth football players aged 9-12 took place. In total 560 respondents participated and answered questions around health, trauma prophylaxis, basics of nutrition, sleep regime during intense load conditions, and safety provisions.
A total of 14 questions were provided concerning human health and body to find out how educated our youngest athletes are. Here are the key highlights:
- 1 in 6 kids know which exercises can be done to minimise injuries
- 1 in 5 kids know when an athlete needs to stretch
- 1 in 4 kids know why an athlete needs to stretch before and after exercise
- 65% kids say these topics are not taught in school or their sports club
- 78% kids say this type of information is not easily accessible or understandable in electronic environment
Overall, only around 3 in 10 kids have a good level of understanding around the topic of injury prevention and know how to react when the accident happens or how to limit the accident from happening in the first place. This is concerning not only for the next generation of athletes themselves but also for their parents and coaches.
These are fundamental health and safety aspects that help us get through our day to day routines without any issues and not knowing enough about them not only slows down athletes improvement but more importantly causes potential damage to the individuals development.
Such data is one of the reasons why we created minute.coach and we are committed to provide our next generation of athletes and tomorrow`s decision makers with the information they require to become fully functional and successful members of our society.
If you want to find out more how we can help your player, team or club learn more about these topics in a fun, easy and engaging way, get in touch with us via our e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org