Injury Prevention and Sports Safety
Child safety is the chief concern for parents and a safe environment allows students to flourish and grow, and it is a prerequisite for effective learning.
According to Safe Kids Worldwide, unintentional injury is the leading killer of children between the ages of one and 14. Many injuries and deaths can be prevented by teaching parents and children simple ways to avoid the most common risks at home (fires, burns, scalds and poison) and at play (playground injuries and those related to sports participation, bikes and scooters).
- 138 children ages 19 and under died in falls in 2011. 78% of children (108) who died in falls were boys.
- 325 children ages 19 and under died from fires or burns in 2011. 85% (277 deaths) were in residential home fires.
- In 2012 more than 2.6 million children ages 19 and under were seen in emergency departments for injuries related to sports and recreation. This includes sports, such as football and basketball, as well as activities, such as playing on a playground, scooter riding and trampolining.
What PTAs Can Do
- Safety Toolkit: National PTA and Safe Kids Worldwide created this downloadable toolkit for families that includes lesson plans on poison, fire, playground and bike safety, as well as a take-home tip sheet.
- Back to Sports: The National Football League (NFL) and National PTA have partnered to educate communities on wellness—from concussion education to NFL PLAY 60 tips on nutrition and staying active.
- Fall Prevention (Safe Kids Worldwide). Tools and additional resources to teach and remind families about preventing falls. Includes link to Fall Prevention Center for Excellence.
- Fires, Burns and Scalds Prevention (Safe Kids Worldwide). Tips and resources to help parents and caregivers protect their families from fires, burns and scalds.
- Start Safe: Fire Resources for Educators (Safe Kids Worldwide). Fire and burn safety lessons for preschoolers, videos for educators and tips for working with parents and caregivers.
- Sports safety tips (Safe Kids Worldwide). Includes a sports safety checklist, concussion guide and information about preparticipation physical exams, hydration and more.
- Preventing Bicycle, Skateboard and Other Wheeled-Sport Injuries (Safe Kids Worldwide). Tips for how to protect children from injury while bicycling, skateboarding or participating in other wheeled sports.
- National Action Plan for Sports Safety (Youth Sports Safety Alliance). A plan urging schools to adopt safety measures that protect student athletes from injury or illness.