The importance of promoting safety for teens in sports

Here’s a look at the benefits of sports for teenagers, the common causes of sports injuries for teens, and why promoting safety for them when engaging in sports is important.

Teenagers who engage in sports see developments in their physical well-being, mental well-being, social well-being, and academic well-being.

Sports help them stay in shape and improve bone structure, cope with stress, anxiety, and depression while also helping to boost self-esteem and confidence as well as develop friendships and social skills.

In addition to the physical aspects, engaging in sports can improve concentration, memory, and critical thinking skills in teens.

Since it brings all these benefits and more, it’s important to encourage teens to take part in sports. However, you should also be aware of the possible injuries they may incur.

Common injuries incurred by teens in sports

Sports injuries can affect any part of the body, but the most common areas prone to injury are the muscles, bones, ligaments, tendons, and cartilage.

Some of the most frequent types and causes of sports injuries for teens are:


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While these are the common types of injuries that teens in sports face, they don’t happen without rhyme or reason.

Main causes of sports-related injuries in teens

Inadequate equipment

Using inappropriate equipment for the sport or the individual significantly elevates the risk of injury. Ill-fitting protective gear such as helmets, pads, mouthguards, and other essentials leaves the head and body vulnerable to severe injuries.

Improper technique

Executing sports drills or movements incorrectly, without proper guidance, poses a risk of injury. Poor posture during landing or jumping can harm the knees and ankles, while improper weight-lifting techniques may lead to back and spine injuries.

Improper training

Inadequate training, whether excessive, insufficient, or overly intense, is another factor contributing to injuries. Insufficient rest and recovery between workouts hinder tissue healing and adaptation, increasing the likelihood of injury.

Preventing injuries in sports for teens

To prevent potential injuries, teens should keep the following in mind:

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Choose the right sport

Teens should choose a sport that matches their interests, abilities, and physical condition. They should also consider the level of risk, the physical demands, and the safety rules of the sport. Teens should be encouraged to work with an adult if they need help figuring these aspects out.

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Use the right equipment

Teens should use equipment that is appropriate for the sport, the environment, and their size and shape. They should also wear protective gear that fits well and meets the safety standards of the sport. Additionally, they should check the equipment regularly for any damage or wear and tear.

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Learn the right technique

Teens should learn the correct skills and movements of the sport from a qualified coach or instructor. They should also practise and improve their technique regularly and seek feedback and advice from experts. They should avoid performing skills or movements that are beyond their level of ability.

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Follow the right training

Teens should follow a balanced and progressive training program that suits their goals and needs. They should also warm up, cool down, and stretch appropriately before and after exercise. They should rest and recover adequately between workouts and avoid overtraining or undertraining.

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Sports safety is not only important for teen well-being but also for their happiness and success in sports.

With Youthsafe, you can ensure that teen athletes have the best possible experience in sports, without the fear or frustration of injuries. Our programs equip adult influencers, such as coaches, with relevant knowledge and mentoring skills that can significantly enhance sports safety for young players’ engagement, well-being, retention, and safety.


Why is safety important for teens in sports?

Safety is important for teens in sports because they are still growing and developing, and they are at a higher risk of injury than adults. Sports injuries can affect their physical, mental, and emotional health, as well as their academic performance and future opportunities.

What are some common sports injuries for teens?

Some common sports injuries for teens include broken bones, sprains, strains, cuts, bruises, concussions, growth plate injuries, and overuse injuries. These injuries can result from sudden trauma, such as a fall, collision, or twist, or from repetitive stress, such as running, throwing, or jumping.

How can teens prevent sports injuries?

Teens can prevent sports injuries by following some basic guidelines, such as:

  • Playing by the rules and respecting the officials, coaches, and other players.
  • Using the right equipment and protective gear that fits well and is appropriate for the sport and level of play.
  • Learning proper technique and form from qualified instructors and coaches.
  • Warming up and warming down before and after each practice or game.
  • Staying hydrated and eating a balanced diet to support their energy and nutritional needs.
  • Getting enough sleep and rest to allow their bodies to recover and heal.
  • Avoiding overtraining and specialising in one sport too early or too intensely.
  • Listening to their bodies and reporting any pain, discomfort, or signs of injury to their parents, coaches, or health care providers.