Support Young Player Sports Safety With Youthsafe

With nearly 70% of youth engaging in some form of sporting activity, it’s important to make sure that they are safe and that their coaches also have the necessary resources to enhance their knowledge about sports injuries and safety requirements to increase safety, foster well-being and inspire retention.

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Why We Shine A Spotlight On Sports Safety

From swimming and football to rugby and athletics, young Australians participate in a wide range of sports activities. In such an energised environment, the risk of injuries is high. While they can’t be completely avoided, equipping young players and their coaches with strategies to prevent major injuries can help ensure safety.

Sports injuries account for over 17,600 hospitalisations—a rate of 543 injuries per 100,000 young players (Australian Institute of Health and Welfare 2021). The passion and dedication demonstrated by youth coaches in developing young players is inspiring. However, they also face challenges in managing the wellbeing of their young players.

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Youthsafe Programs For Sports Safety

At Youthsafe, we understand the vital role that sports play in the emotional, physical, and social development of young players—especially teenagers who are going through a crucial time of change in their lives.

Equipping adult influencers, such as coaches, with relevant knowledge and mentoring skills can significantly enhance young players’ engagement, wellbeing, retention, and safety.

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Coaching Teens for Youth Sports Safety and Wellbeing

This is a 60-minute workshop, available online or face-to-face, designed for community-level sports coaches of teenage players.

The workshop is designed to complement coaches’ existing technical and strategic knowledge of their sport by enhancing their mentoring skills for player wellbeing, engagement, retention and safety.

This workshop and its supporting resources give youth sports coaches insights into the attitudes and behaviours of teenage players, practical tips to improve the mentorship of young players, improve player relationships, and more.

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Challenges Youth Sports Coaches Can Address With Youthsafe

Having worked with sports coaches around the country, we know that they have the drive, passion, and commitment to develop young players. However, they do face formidable challenges that can sometimes hinder their progress, including.

  • Increase in player dropouts as a result of teenagers losing interest
  • The negative attitude of a few players that impacts the rest of the team
  • The pressures that players face stemming from school, peers, family, and developmental changes
  • Identifying the best way to develop teenagers as players and as young people
  • The lack of support given to them as coaches to create an impact on young people

Award-Winning Youthsafe Projects And Resources

Safe Club:

A multiple award-winning sports safety training program designed for community sports clubs to create safer sporting environments — developed in partnership with Northern Sydney Central Coast Area Health Service.

State-level awards were also received for applied research in relation to sports safety programs.

What Our Community Says About Us


Research from NSW indicates that 15- to 25-year-olds have a 75 per cent greater chance of being injured at work


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Research from NSW indicates that 15- to 25-year-olds have a 75 per cent greater chance of being injured at work


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Research from NSW indicates that 15- to 25-year-olds have a 75 per cent greater chance of being injured at work


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Invest in the sports safety of young players by leveraging the services and evidence-based Youthsafe —a trusted partner that’s worked with schools and community organisations to prevent young Australians from suffering avoidable injuries through highly responsive programs.


Have more questions about the services that Youthsafe offers to protect young players engaging in sports?
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What types of challenges can Youthsafe help young players overcome in sports?

The right programs and mentoring can help young players improve teamwork, player relationships, and overall team success. Additionally, young players learn several life lessons that can help during their developmental stages.

From discipline and resilience to respect and compassion, sports can teach a lot of skills that are applicable both in the field and in their everyday interactions.

Why is mentorship by coaches important in youth sports?

We believe that a great coach helps young players prepare for their futures. Having an adult influencer or mentor helps them grow athletically, emotionally, socially, and academically. Coaches have a unique opportunity to teach young players how to set goals, work towards achieving them, and meet new people.

Coaches can also help young players develop character because, just like in life, they go through highs and lows that can prepare them for adulthood.

How does Youthsafe use evidence-based approaches to support youth sports?

Our evidence-based strategies address safety in any scenario and are based on three core beliefs.

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    Negative judgments regarding young people’s behaviour without a clear understanding of the impact of brain development can be detrimental
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    Shock tactics are ineffective in impacting long-term behaviour change
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    A comprehensive whole-of-community approach to safety is needed rather than just targeting young people and expecting safer behaviour

Do you offer programs for community sports teams and coaches?

Yes. We offer workshops for community sports coaches who want to improve their soft skills and take on a more hands-on approach to not just developing young people in sports but also helping them translate the skills they learn on the field into their everyday lives.

We understand that coaches today face a lot of challenges and our workshops aim to address how coaches can reduce these challenges and create a more positive experience for young people.