Youth sports don’t feature the same dangerous combination of size, speed, power and aggression that defines professional sports, but injuries still remain a natural part of the game.
Even though minor injuries are often unavoidable, at Liberty Mutual Insurance Play Positive™ we believe it is a smart policy to take measures to help prevent serious and costly injuries and to limit, identify and treat injuries when they do happen.
Learn to Diagnose Common Injuries
While the types of injuries differ by sport, there are several injuries which are fairly common across all sports:
The Most Common Injury? Overuse Injuries
The most common injury among youth athletes is overuse injuries. They happen when the same muscle or joint is used over and over and suffers what’s called ‘repetitive trauma.’ And it happens easily – and oftentimes unintentionally. Sometimes the injuries occur as a result of training too much or too hard; other times the injuries happen due to technique errors. If your child takes on too much in an effort to ‘be the best’, goes to fast, plays for too long, uses poor form, or simply does one thing too much (think pitching too much, too many wall-ball drills, or too many free throws), overuse injuries can really sideline even the best players.
Best Ways to Prevent Injury
While you can’t completely prevent injuries (accidents happen), there are a few steps you can take to help reduce the likelihood of injury:
For additional helpful and informative Sports Safety articles, we encourage you to visit our articles on PlayPositive.com. We also have pointers for Parents and Coaches to help make sure everyone is properly prepared.
The content above was referenced from the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) program called STOP Sports Injuries which they launched in 2007. Today their website has the most comprehensive resources for parents, coaches and athletes on how to prevent injuries and play it safe. Visit their website at STOPSportsInjuries.org to download Tip sheets for most major sports.
At Liberty Mutual Insurance, we constantly look for ways to celebrate the countless acts of sportsmanship and integrity shown by people every day. We created Play Positive™, powered by Positive Coaching Alliance, as part of this belief to help ensure that our kids experience the best that sports have to offer in environments that promote and display good sportsmanship. We believe kids can learn valuable life lessons when coaches and parents come together to support winning on and off the ice.
In an effort to benefit millions of youth athletes, parents and coaches, this article is among a series created exclusively for partners in the Liberty Mutual Insurance Play Positive™ program powered by Positive Coaching Alliance.
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QUESTION: Where do i find the rule for period length for 8U, 10U, 12U, etc? Can 10U play 12-minute periods instead of 15? Is it up to the local jurisdiction to set the period length?
ANSWER: Period (and game) length is at the discretion of Youth Hockey Associations and local USA Hockey Affiliate Bodies. Therefore, we recommend contacting them with this question.
QUESTION: What level is an official if they fail the Level 3 Closed Book Exam? If you miss 11 questions, is that official a Level 1 or Level 2 official?
ANSWER: A Level 3 Official applicant that fails the Level 3 Closed Book Exam is immediately eligible for Level 2 if they achieve an 85/100 on the Open Book Exam.
QUESTION: What is the protocol and process for an official to submit and incident report where a coach received a game misconduct or a match penalty?
ANSWER: All game reports should be submitted using the USA Hockey Online Game Report System.
QUESTION: A "50/50 Puck" is located along the boards and one skater is faster than another. The slower skater, knowing he cannot get to the puck first, hits the other player on their way to the puck. I have seen this happen during practices and coaches have made no correction to players. Is this permitted at the 10U Level where body-checking is not allowed?
ANSWER: Body-checking at the 10 & Under Level is not permitted in the USA Hockey Playing Rules. Furthermore, a player who makes deliberate and intentional contact with an opponent who is not in possession of the puck should be penalized for Interference.
QUESTION: Can a Misconduct be assessed to a coach after the game and what rule is it covered under?
ANSWER: There are no rules in the USA Hockey Playing Rules that allow a Misconduct penalty to be assessed to a coach.
However, a coach can be assessed a Game Misconduct before, during, or after a game. Most of those penalties can be found under Rule 601 (Abuse of Officials & Other Misconduct).