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What should I do about puddles on a playing field?

If there are puddles on the field, you should make sure players and coaches are made aware of their size and location. In addition, you may want to use a broom to sweep the water out of the puddle.

For example, in some baseball dugouts, water has a tendency to accumulate. In some cases, a drain will be present in the dugout floor, so water can be swept into the drain to decrease the chances of an athlete hurting himself when entering and exiting the dugout.

(This answer provided for NATA by the Washington State University Athletic Training Education Program.)

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