Introduction

We are all aware that the practice of physical activity is one of the best ways to prevent health problems. However, like all good things, it is associated with some risks as well.

The more the activity is practiced with intensity, has high levels of competition and involves team play or contact, the greater the risk of injury. Unfortunately, we too often see injuries occur in annoying situations that could have been avoided. With this in mind, we would like to bring to your attention a few basic rules to put into practice in order to minimize the risk of injury.

Evidently, in spite of concerted efforts, nobody can succeed in completely eliminating injuries. Since they are to some degree unavoidable, it is essential that on every team or during any sports competition, a qualified individual be in charge of first aid.

ATTENTION, the information presented here should not, under any circumstances, be considered a substitute for First aid or C.P.R. courses offered by the many recognized organizations. The following is intended as complementary information.

Certain factors can influence the risk of injury and should be identified in order to ensure good management. With this in mind, certain special topics will be addressed very briefly.


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