SPORTS SAFETY

WHY YOU SHOULD GET INVOLVED IN SPORTS

Community:

a sense of togetherness and belonging

Joining a sports team, or even a solo sport can get you involved in a sense of community and an opportunity for making new friendships. The relationship between teammates that deal with defeat together and celebrate victories together is a special one that should be treasured.

Soccer Team
Aerial View of Hurdler

Here is an educational video that explains the science behind the benefit of sports.

what is sports safety and why is it important?

Physical activity can improve both mental and physical health because it emerges you into a sense of community and focus. As with any other passion, it is important to practice safe habits and to take care of yourself. The CDC says that “more than 2.6 million children 0 - 19 years old are treated in the emergency department each year for sports and recreation-related
injuries”.
Physically taking care of your body, and being aware of certain dangers is an important part of mental health as long as your overall well-being.

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- Sensitivity to light
- Memory loss
- Headache
- Confusion
- Nausea or vomiting
- Double or blurry vision
- Trouble falling asleep
- Loss of smell or taste
- Dizziness or imbalance
- Ringing ears

 Symptoms of Concussions

concussions

A concussion is a Traumatic Brain Injury where the brain is injured by a sudden change in movement or an impact. Something notable about concussions is that oftentimes, people experiencing a concussion never lose consciousness, it is very likely that “external signs of head
trauma, such as bleeding will be absent”.

To the right (below on mobile) are some common symptoms of concussionsas well as resources on Concussions. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms after a blunt force injury, you should contact a
healthcare professional.

Finally. we encourage you to read this Op-Ed on Why Overworking your Body is not good for your overall health. Below are signs your body is overworked.

Signs your body is overworked:
- Sore muscles for extended periods of time
- Increase in injuries
- Changes in sleep habits
- Feeling more lethargic
- Weakened immune system
- Diminished appetite
- Being unable to perform at the same level