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Preventing Sport & Recreation Injuries

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.

The AHS Provincial Injury Prevention Program (PIPP) supports a smart risk approach to youth injury prevention. The approach recognizes that risk is a part of life, and while not all risks can be eliminated, most can be managed. Taking smart risk means recognizing the risks of an activity and choosing to manage risk to prevent injuries.

Key Messages

The AHS Provincial Injury Prevention Program (PIPP) supports a smart risk approach to youth injury prevention. Taking smart risk means recognizing the risks of an activity and choosing to manage risk to prevent injuries.

  • Four of the smart risk strategies – Look First, Wear the Gear, Get Trained, Buckle Up, (MyHealthAlberta.ca) can help a young person prevent sport & recreation injuries.
  • Help teenagers learn how to manage risk by letting them try new things and making sure they understand how to stay safe.
  • Model smart risk taking for teenagers.