Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Floorball, Young Kids and Safety

Yes, Floorball is a very safe activity. But still as you bring young students at the elementary age for instance - the first time - to have em' try Floorball..

Well we tossed together a few hints in that direction that might be valuable to have in mind before you start to play.  Yes, we know it is not much of NEWS - but it is well worth to be repeated and if it is here is it always searchable OK - and still remember - play it cool.

In the more common school setting, in particular in elementary settings, it is important to observe the following as factors of possible danger as related to Floorball :

- Children tend to run very hard as they play a game of Floorball and it is of high importance to try to keep gymnasiums or other areas clean from other dangerous equipment that they might run into.

- It is also true that younger students often seem to get entangled in each others or just in themselves so another good advice at the elementary level is that the “coach” should mentally prepare them that they might fall hard, or run into a wall, if they do not play carefully and safe. 

- Of course strict enforcement of the stick height is utterly important too at this level as well as the use of protective glasses. This is in particular true if the young players have experience from an Ice Hockey program where they are more used to swing the stick blades rather high during play. Eye protection is further a must, as we see it, and no one is allowed to lay down and play.

- Both at the elementary level as well as at junior high levels the teacher further should be aware that sometime it happens with unskilled players that they by mistake might step on a Floorball blade. When this happens it almost feels like stepping on Ice and the player will abruptly fall hard on the floor. Normally this is more painful than dangerous, but with informed students it is slightly easier to avoid or at least have the students prepared for this rather rare, but possible, kind of fall.

- As adolescent girls is involved in game play thet should be talked to about ACL and the increased risk they face from all team sports - but that these risk might be curbed by some 77-90% of the risk with the right warm-up and preparations, including the awareness of ACL's.
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Research suggest that eye-injuries are more common in Floorball as compared to Tennis, but less common as compared to Squash (similar to Racquetball).
To minimize this risk of injury Floorballcentral recommend: Use certified protective eye-wear (mandated in many European areas for the youth). Do not lay down on the court. Follow the rules strict on stick height.

Also if you get addicted to this sport - do not blame us!