Sports Injury Prevention for Youth
Sep 25, 2023
These infographics highlight rates of youth participation in sport and provide statistics and tips related to injury prevention.
59% of BC youth played sports in the past year, including 52% who played at least weekly.
Males and younger youth were the most likely to play sports, and to play regularly.
24% of youth who played sports experienced a concussion or other serious injury while playing or training in the past year. Older youth were more likely than younger youth to be injured. There were no gender differences.
40% of youth who experienced a concussion playing or training for sports in the past year did not receive medical help.
Youth were more likely to experience a sports-related injury if they had experienced:
- Victimization: such as bullying or discrimination (e.g., racism or homophobia)
- Mental health struggles: such as an Anxiety Disorder/panic attacks or suicide ideation
Youth were less likely to experience a sports-related injury if they:
- Slept at least eight hours and woke up feeling rested
- Felt they managed their stress well
- Always wore a helmet when doing activities with risk of a head injury
- Did not engage in bullying
- Did not play when already injured
- Preformed warm up and cool down exercises before and after playing
- Aware and informed about the rules of the game
How to Promote a Culture of Safety in Sport from activesafe.ca:
- Support youth to learn about injury risk, prevention, and recovery
- Create a safe environment for youth to report injuries
- Focus on safety rather than the outcome of the activity
- Encourage youth not to “play through pain”