Youth Athlete Health & Safety Study: Part 2 – Health and Sleep

This is the second 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.

We already identified the existing knowledge gaps around the topic of injury prevention – a topic that delves into preventative measures such as stretching, fatigue, strength and so on.

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 13 questions were provided concerning human health and body to find out how educated our youngest athletes are. Here are the key highlights:

  • 1 in 4 kids don`t know the importance posture has on human health
  • 1 in 3 kids don`t know why it is important to sleep and recover
  • 1 in 2 kids don`t know the best conditions to ensure healthy sleep
  • 42% 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, around half of the kids have a good level of understanding around the topic of health and sleep whilst 1 in 4 kids lack the required knowledge. This particular topic is the most well-known of the four researched areas, yet we should aim to raise the awareness even further to ensure all of the future decision makers know about these fundamental things.

Particular focus should be paid towards enlightening our youngest generation about posture and its consequential impacts on human health given that large part of the day is spent either sitting down at a desk in school or looking downwards at the screen of a smart device.

One of the focus of is to provide every kid with the necessary tools to learn more about healthy lifestyle, including how to ensure good posture, 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

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