Risk Management

Portable Goal Safety Video - Saturday, October 15, 2011
Click the link below to access a Public Service Announcement on Portable Goal Safety.

Click Here for Video -

For even more information go to http://www.anchoredforsafety.org/


ANOTHER ACCIDENT WITH A GOAL POST !!!!! - Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Pullen Insurance was recently advised of a fatality which was caused by an unsecured portable goal.  This most unfortunate event occurred during school recess at a local Arkansas elementary school.

While this loss is not connected with US Youth Soccer or any state association, portable goal safety policies and procedures need to be an integral part of a club’s risk management loss prevention program.

Key elements of a portable goal safety program are as follows:

-          All portable goals must be inspected prior to any activity  taking place on the field to assure that portable goals have been secured. 

-          Coaches need to communicate with players and their parents the dangers of unsecured portable goals to include horseplay at and around portable goals.

-          Supervision of players

Spring, along with another soccer season, will be here shortly.  Please get this most important message out to your clubs & coaches.

News report can be reviewed at http://www.4029tv.com/r-video/26631921/detail.html


HEAD INJURIES & CONCUSSIONS - Tuesday, January 25, 2011
List below are several links to various websites that discuss head injuries and concussions.
There is a lot of valuable information there, please read and pass on...

US Youth Soccer

SportsConcussions.Org (has a lot of information - maintained by a
group of athletic trainers, coaches, etc):

Also has a pdf file with succinct instructions for parents - includes neuropsychological testing:

The Sports Legacy Institute has a pdf regarding Concussion Carry Over
into the Classroom:

BIAMA webpage with links to the Information:
http://www.biama.org/whatdoes/playsmart.html  - and a pdf with more detail:


HEAD INJURY..... CONCUSSIONS - Tuesday, December 7, 2010
A head injury in sports is not an uncommon issue. What needs to happen is that coaches, parents and players need to be aware of what can happen and how to treat any head injury.

click here for more details 


Region IV Risk Management Resources - Thursday, March 26, 2009
Fox 25 News Report Video - Dangerous Soccer Goals - 11/23/07 - Saturday, February 16, 2008

Every coach, administrator and parent should take the time to watch this news report.

Click Here to go to view the video


Lightning Safety - Friday, February 15, 2008

Click here to download the Guide.

Additional information at NOAA -  click here  

Referee Development - Dealing with Severe Weather - click here


HINI VIRUS - Wednesday, September 23, 2009

National Center for Sports Safety
NCSS' Tips and Information about the Swine Flu and Athletics
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September 16, 2009 

As the Swine Flu has become more widespread, the NCSS wanted to send you an approach of keeping healthy through an athletics perspective.

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) states that Swine Influenza (swine flu) is a respiratory disease of pigs caused by type A influenza virus that regularly causes outbreaks of influenza in pigs. Like all influenza viruses, swine flu viruses change constantly. Because of this mutation or changing of the virus, humans are able to contract this strain of the virus.  In the past, CDC received reports of approximately one human swine influenza virus infection every one to two years in the U.S., but from December 2005 through February 2009, 12 cases of human infection with swine influenza have been reported. Since April, it has become a worldwide pandemic.       


It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The flu is different from a cold and usually comes on suddenly. The symptoms below are usually referred to as "flu-like symptoms."

*Fever (usually high)
*Extreme tiredness
*Dry cough
*Sore throat
*Runny or stuffy nose
*Muscle aches
*Stomach symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea, also can occur but are more common in children than adults

As people come into contact with human flu year after year, we build antibodies to the ever changing flu viruses. These antibodies help our bodies fight an infection.  The swine flu is more contagious because we have not built up any antibodies to this animal strain and our main defense to continue with the simple things that keep our immune systems strong.  The symptoms are usually mild but become serious in people who have other medical problems.


Swine flu is transmitted the same way as seasonal flu, which is mainly person-to-person transmission through coughing or sneezing of people infected with the influenza virus. People may become infected by touching something with flu viruses on it and then touching their mouth or nose. People cannot contract swine flu by eating pork.


New studies show that many people with swine flu may be able to spread the virus for a week or more after symptoms first appear. That's longer than some experts had thought. The new research suggests they may need to be careful for longer, and that coughing is a more accurate sign of how long they can spread the virus.


Athletes are at risk for several reasons. The nature of athletic participation is to push the body to the limit, which causes dehydration and a compromised immune system.  Recovery should consist of ample rest, rehydration and refueling with a balanced, nutritious diet to boost the immune system. Easy as this may seem, most athletes do not follow these simple rules to restore their bodies and prevent or reduce disease.  Athletes also share dressing rooms, personal equipment, weight rooms and weight equipment as well as footballs, basketballs, volleyballs or soccer balls.


A simple rule that athletes can follow to reduce the incidence of disease is hand-washing."Hand-washing is still the best way to prevent colds and other respiratory and infectious diseases that are transmitted by hand to mouth or hand to nose/eye contact," says Samuel N. Grief, MD, medical director of campus care at the University of Illinois at Chicago. "Soap acts as a vehicle to trap the germs (i.e. viruses, bacteria) that are loosened by the act of rubbing your hands together under water. These germs can then be rinsed away by the water."


10 Times to Wash Hands
To prevent colds from spreading to others, practice regular hand-washing. Most importantly, wash hands:

1. Before and after preparing or handling food, especially when handling uncooked poultry and meat
2. Before eating
3. After changing diapers
4. After using the bathroom
5. After sneezing, coughing, or blowing your nose
6. Before and after inserting contact lenses
7. After touching an animal or animal waste
8. After handling garbage
9. Before and after treating wounds
10. Before and after touching a sick or injured person

5 Steps to Proper Hand-Washing.
If using soap and water for hand-washing, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends the following five steps to prevent the spread of colds:

1. Wet your hands with clean water - warm, if available - and apply soap.
2. Lather by rubbing hands together; be sure to cover all surfaces.
3. Continue rubbing hands together for 15 to 20 seconds (about the time it takes to sing Happy Birthday).
4. Thoroughly rinse hands under running water to ensure removal of residual germs.
5. Use paper towels or an air dryer to dry hands and then, if possible, use a paper towel to turn off the faucet.

Alcohol-based hand sanitizers make a good substitute for hand-washing when soap and water is not available. A recent study from the University of Chicago showed that while soap-and-water hand-washing was most effective in removing influenza virus from the hands, using alcohol-based hand sanitizer was a close second. If you're using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, apply product to one palm, rub your two hands together, making sure to reach all surfaces, and continue rubbing until hands are dry. 

The National Center for Sports Safety was founded to promote the importance of injury prevention and safety on all levels of youth sports through education and research. The NCSS focuses on decreasing the number and/or severity of injuries through developing and teaching sports safety courses, and collecting, analyzing, and researching injury data.

For more information or if you have any questions, please contact NCSS:
Phone. 866.508.NCSS (6277) 
Fax. 205.329.7526
2316 First Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35233
The NCSS Team

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