Sport Fact Sheets

Fact Sheets

In sport, fact sheets contain varieties of important details. From how long a sporting activity has been in existence to how it has been practised over time to the records that have been made and broken on that sporting activity. Fact sheets even stretch to covering details of the most accomplished of the sportsmen that ever engaged in specific sporting events.

Despite all these, a fact sheet includes details about the kinds of injuries that may be suffered by a player in sports and how to deal with these common injuries. These injuries can be suffered by professional players as well as junior players who engage in sports, just the fun of it. At the end of the day, the goal is to create an active and healthier community.

There are fact sheets available for many different kinds of sports. Talk of baseball, basketball, golf, cricket, netball, gymnastics, softball, squash, snowboarding, aerobics, lawn bowls etc. Not only are there fact sheets for these sporting activities alone, but there are also in fact sport fact sheets for the leagues or the organisations that organises these sporting events.

Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) has one, so does the Olympics, Rugby League, and Rugby Union. In Australia, an example is the Australian Rules Football (AFL).

For the sake of context study, let us consider Australian Football. Football in Australia is a sensational sporting activity among everyone in the country. Not just to the social elites or the middle and lower class. It is a thing that circulates the populace.

Thus, it is one of the most popular sports within the country. Thousands of people play and pay to watch the sport every year. By statistics, 638,000 individuals are registered as participants in football across Australia in the year 2007.

As is quite common in football, injuries can be a common phenomenon. And Australian Football is not an exception. Injuries result from kicks, tackles, handballing, runs, constant physical struggles, and marking between them.

From 2002 to 2003, people admitted into hospitals for football related injuries totalled 3,944 across Australia. 48% of these injuries treated in hospitals occur to players in 15 and 24 years. And 96% of all these injury cases are males. In Junior Australian Football, however, the rates of injury are very low. Perhaps because there is lesser aggression in the gameplay.

Several kinds of guidelines are already in place to make sports an easier enterprise for those seeking to participate in it. There are pre-game safety tips such as eating a balanced and nutritional diet, drinking water during training sessions and before the game, completing a warm-up which often includes slow jogging, stretching and running activities. Being aware of game rules is also important. It is also paramount to avoid alcohol 48 hours before the start of a game.

In addition, games that are for children and teenagers (5-18 years) must be played concerning the guidelines laid down by the Australian Football Match Policy. And overall, in case any injury occurs, qualified first aid personnel must be sought after. Afterwards, a health professional should decide on the possibility of the injured player’s return to the game.