same types of PPE that apply to skateboarding also
apply to these two sports.
Americans have discovered what Europeans have
enjoyed for a long timethe fast-paced game they call
soccer. However, as the popularity of soccer grows, so
do the mishaps and injuries associated with it. Soccer is
a rough-and-tumble game. In addition to scrapes,
bruises, and cuts, soccer players suffer sprains, muscle
cramps, and broken bones.
When playing soccer, wear a knee brace if you need
knee support. Wear a mouthpiece to protect your teeth
and your tongue. Dont wear chains, rings, and metal
wrist bands. If you wear glasses, secure them and make
sure the lenses are shatter-proof.
Tennis is a comparatively safe sport, except for the
possibility of sprains and overexertion. If you are a
tennis player, avoid overexertion in the hot sun and drink
plenty of fluids. Wear socks and well-fitted shoes to
Track and Field
Track and field events are relatively safe athletic
activities. Being in good physical condition is extremely
important if you are a runner because of the sustained
physical exertion on your body. The memory of a well-
trained Olympic marathoner barely making it across the
finish line is a grim reminder of the rigors of track. Track
officials must give immediate help to a runner in danger
of collapsing at the end of a race. That prevents the
runner from falling and getting injured.
Walking is an increasingly popular way to exercise.
As the core of an effective fitness program, walking may
be just what the doctor ordered. Regular walking will
normally help in
lowering your blood pressure and
Both may reduce the risk of heart
may also reduce depression and
The very nature of wrestlingconstant body
contact, sudden falls and movements, and the injury
potential of the various wrestling holdsmakes it a
hazardous sport. Qualified leaders must supervise all
wrestling activities to prevent injury to participants.
SAFETY IN THE HOME
In 1992, home fatalities and serious injuries were
significantly lower than in 1991. This improvement is
partially because of increased command emphasis on
preventing off-duty mishaps, greater safety awareness,
You can prevent mishaps, such as childrens
poisoning, lawn mower mishaps, and home fires. Most
of these mishaps occur because of human error, such as
lack of knowledge, inattention or distraction, or
intentional violation of safety practices. You and your
family can prevent nearly ALL injuries and deaths that
occur in the home. It is up to you to take home the safety
measures you learn on the job and teach them to the rest
of your family.
Slips and Falls
Most home mishaps involve falls. Falls are the third
leading cause of death for off-duty Navy personnel.
Most people fall on level surfaces, not from higher
places. The following are the most common causes of
slips and falls:
Slipping on small scatter rugs
Walking on highly polished or wet floors
Tripping on upturned or torn carpets
Walking on dark stairways
Standing on chairs to extend ones reach
Falls may happen because of spilled water or grease
on kitchen floors. Slippery conditions can exist because
of water on bathroom floors. Toys left on the floor of
the living room and other parts of the house are also trip
The bathroom is the most common area in the
average home where falling mishaps take place.
However, bathtub and shower falls have decreased over
the last 25 years because of anti-slip bath mats, stick-on
applique slip-proofing, and manufacturer-applied
Every home should have a ladder. If you dont have
one, you should get one and learn to use it properly.
Whether you use a ladder to paint a ceiling, to clean out