Sport & Recreation

Beautiful British Columbia permits one to engage in a variety of sport, recreation and leisure activities throughout the year making injury prevention a year-round priority in this space. The leading types of sports injuries are related to cycling (25%), skiing/snowboarding (16%), ATV (10%), and playground (8%), followed by hockey and skateboarding (6%, respectively). 1 The greatest number of sports injuries occur among those aged 10-19 years.

Quick Facts & Stats

Causes

  • Skateboarding poses the highest risk of injury to 10-19 year-olds.
  • Drowning poses the highest risk of injury to 1-4 year-olds.
  • Playground injury poses the highest risk of injury to 5-9 year-olds.
  • Cycling, rollerblading and tobogganing pose the highest risk of injury to 10-14 year-olds.
  • Football/rugby, soccer and hockey pose the highest risk of injury to 15-19 year-olds.
  • Skiing/snowboarding poses the highest risk of injury to 15-24 year-olds.
  • Snowmobiling poses the highest risk of injury to 30-49 year-olds.

Occurrence

  • Males (~3287/year) incur over 3x the number of sports injuries than females (~1045/year).
  • The leading types of sports injuries are cycling (25%), skiing/snowboarding (16%), ATV (10%), playground (8%), other sports (28%) (football/rugby, soccer, ice skates, hit by ball, snowmobile, rollerblades, scooter, diving into water, baseball, drowning, tobogganing, hit by bat) followed by hockey and skateboarding (6%, respectively).
  • The greatest number of sports injuries occur among those aged 10-19 years.

Prevention

Ready for the season?

  • At your children’s annual check-up, make sure they are fit and safe to participate in their chosen sports. Discuss any concerns with your doctor.
  • Fitness and conditioning prevent injuries. Children should be active 30 to 60 minutes each day, in addition to participating in a particular sport.
  • Kids should eat a balanced diet from each of the four food groups and drink plenty of fluids. Kids should not use athletic supplements.
  • Provide the coach with emergency contact information for your child, as well as details of any medical condition or allergies.
  • Ensure that the coach is prepared to handle emergencies and is trained in first aid and CPR.

Set to play?

  • Get the right gear for each sport, make sure it fits, and make sure kids wear it properly every time they play.
  • Correctly fitted equipment is the key to preventing injury.
  • Kids should warm-up and stretch before every practice and game.
  • Ensure the league provides adequate practice time. Practice builds skills and conditioning, as well as gives kids time to learn to play safely.
  • Kids should remove all jewelry before playing, including watches, rings, earrings, and necklaces.
  • Coaches and parents should inspect the playing grounds and equipment before each practice or game to make sure everything is safe.

Play safe to keep playing

  • Ensure kids drink plenty of fluids before, during and after play. Kids should have a fluid break at least every 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Supervise actively. Coaches and parents need to help kids play by the rules, for safety and fun.
  • Injuries can happen at practices as well as during games. Keep safety in mind every time kids play.
  • Don’t “play through” an injury. Injured athletes should be examined by a physician, preferably one with experience in sports medicine.

Information & Resources

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Sources:

  1. BCIRPU iDot