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Youth Athlete Health & Safety Study: Part 4 – Safety

This is the fourth and last 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 and health and sleep and nutrition.

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 12 questions were provided around safety to find out how educated our youngest athletes are. Here are the key highlights:

  • 1 in 5 can name their coaches phone number
  • 1 in 3 can name three safety rules when travelling to competition
  • 1 in 3 knows where to go or ask for help in case of injury or illness
  • 42% knows how to act if they feel endangered by other people
  • 47% can name three safety rules in changing rooms

Overall, around 44% of the kids have a good level of understanding around the topic of safety. Perhaps more attention should be paid to educate our youngsters around this topic given that it closely affects their wellbeing. In particular, basic understanding around safety rules in the changing rooms, at the training ground, at the competition and when travelling should be reminded on a consistent basis to ensure the players are aware of what is expected of them.

Furthermore, we should engage in conversation with our young athletes to understand how safe they feel in all of the aforementioned situations given that unsafe environment can negatively influence their performance and affinity for the game of football. Regular checks by parents and coaches are recommended.

One of the focus of minute.coach is to provide every kid with the necessary tools to learn more about healthy lifestyle, including safety in changing rooms, 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 office@minute.coach

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