Injury Prevention & Safety
In Alberta, sport-related incidents are the leading cause of injury related emergency department visits for 15-19 year olds. Pursuing an active lifestyle increases the risk of sustaining an injury; however, physical activity is beneficial for overall health. Finding a balance between active living and injury prevention means avoiding certain risks while accepting others when participating in physical activity.
Teenagers are faced with making decisions involving risk taking but their ability to assess risks and future consequences is not fully developed. To prevent dangerous risk-taking and injury, it is essential that youth learn how to recognize risk, manage risk, and make healthy choices.
Albertans of all ages can lower their risk of getting hurt while playing sports and enjoying recreational activities by following these tips:
Encourage your clients to visit MyHealth.Alberta.ca to learn more about Sport and Recreation Safety for: