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Navy RAHS Program managers are responsible for educating  people  about  off-duty  hazards  and  stressing the  importance  of  using  PPE  for  sports.  The  game players  are  responsible  for  wearing  the  required eye-protective equipment while playing games. The facility manager has the responsibility and authority for ensuring all players wear the proper safety equipment. All  commands  are  required  to  provide  PPE  for recreational and athletic activities. For example, if you check out a racquetball racket, the command should provide  safety  glasses. The  use  of  PPE  should  also  be  emphasized  for hobby shop patrons or personnel working at home. For example, training should cover the wearing of safety glasses  or  goggles  and  hard-soled  shoes  while  mowing the lawn. RECREATIONAL  SAFETY  CONTROLS Most  sports  have  inherent  hazards  we  cannot eliminate  without  compromising  the  game.  However, many preventable mishaps occur during recreational activities.  We  can  prevent  athletic  injuries  by  providing better training and the proper PPE. Most athletic injuries result from people being out of condition or not warming up before an event. Practically all sports involve some type of hazard since they center around the principles of attack and retreat. But, if you take the proper safety control   measures,   you   can   reduce   most   of   the injury-causing  hazards. Administrative  Controls To  ensure  safe  recreational  activities  for  personnel, commands  should  provide  protective  control  in  the  form of  rules  and  procedures.  They  should  also  provide qualified physical training instructors, special services officers, and recreational leaders. Commands should select  recreational  personnel  based  on  their  experience. However, they should also consider their familiarity with, interest in, and ability to instruct or supervise activities. Installations should set up effective programs to make certain the proper PPE is on hand when needed. In addition, commands must make sure that facilities are available and that leaders are present to supervise the events. Leadership  and  Supervision When supervising or coaching an athletic event, you must  be  aware  of  several  factors.  One  factor  is 11-3 leadership.  Good  leadership  promotes  safety  at recreational activities. You must consider the physical differences of the participants. As a leader, you also must understand the goal of the sport involved and demand complete observance of the rules. If you are a recreational leader, give preliminary instructions to all players and thoroughly indoctrinate beginners in the basics of the sport. You can do that through  a  progressive  training  program.  To  avoid mishaps caused by confusion, make sure all players clearly  understand  your  instructions. As a recreational supervisor or coach, make sure all injured  persons  receive  immediate  medical  attention. Make sure participants do not drink alcoholic beverages before or during play. Before  allowing  players  to  engage  in  any  vigorous sport, put them through a warm-up period. Without preliminary warm-ups, your players are more likely to be injured. Qualified  officials  must  manage  all  sports  contests, whether intramural or extramural. They must make sure the participants carefully follow the standard rules of the game. Personal Responsibility As a participant in an athletic event, you have several responsibilities. One is to protect yourself from injury.  You  should  not  continue  to  participate,  practice, or play in events when you arc execssively tired. Before play starts, warm up. Do not try a new game or practice a  new  athletic  skill  without  direct  supervision  of  a qualified  monitor.  Make  sure  your  equipment  fits properly and you know how to use it. Wear only clean clothing and equipment next to your skin. Do not take unnecessary chances. Pay strict attention to how to play the game. SAFETY  FOR  RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES Recreational   safety   includes   many   outdoor activities, such as water sports, hunting, bicycling, and ice and snow sports. The most deadly recreational activities, by far, are conducted on or near the water. Watersports can be fun. The thrill of boating, waterskiing, scuba diving, or even just fishing have long been a part of our leisure time. However, we must respect water. Water can be deadly to  both  children  and  adults  alike.  Drowning  is  the leading  killer  of  Navy  people  in  recreational  mishaps

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