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What are ways to keep athletes safe during a practice or game?

Before practice or a game, you can keep athletes safe by ensuring that the sidelines are clear of debris, benches, holes, or divots, so that if the athletes leave the playing field they will not be injured. You can also make sure that any benches or walls near the playing area are padded.

During the event, you can make sure balls do not roll into the playing area and that water bottles are secured and do not enter the playing field. An athlete who accidentally steps on a round object can sprain his ankle.

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

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