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What types of hazards should I look for when inspecting a field?

When inspecting a field for hazardous or harmful conditions, it is important to make sure sprinkler heads are not sticking out of the ground, broken, or otherwise in a location that athletes may injure themselves by tripping over or falling on them. Rocks, holes, and divots need to be removed or filled when possible.

Notifying maintenance staff and/or school athletic directors or principals of such conditions is necessary for proper maintenance. Coaching staff and athletes also need to be made aware of hazardous conditions to maintain player safety and to earn the coaches' respect and trust.

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

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