Top five injuries in Shinty
- Cuts and Lacerations
- Sprains and bruising
- Dental issues
Shinty is a fast moving and skillful sport, most injuries happen in the tackle. Main areas affected are as you expect are head and face, fingers and hands and knees.
Many of these injuries are dealt with pitchside but some need treatment by Doctors or by a trip to hospital.
Are your coaches and support staff trained to deal with pitchside injuries and make safe return to play decisions?
Duty of Care – In essence, duty of care means that a sports body needs to take such measures as are reasonable in the circumstances to ensure that individuals will be safe to participate in an activity to which they are invited.
There is no general duty of care upon members of the public towards the public at large. If there is a formal relationship, however, for example between a club and a club member, or a coach and an athlete, there is a duty of care.
When children and young people are involved in organised sports activities and are to any extent under the care and/or control of one or more adults, the adult(s) have a duty to take reasonable care to ensure their safety and welfare.
The Legal Duty of Care – In many sports activities, it is recognised that a sports organisation or individual (e.g. coach) owes a duty of care to its members. However, it is also understood and recognised that accidents can and do happen, and that it is not possible to predict every eventuality. Liability for the legal duty of care would only arise when an incident occurs and it can be demonstrated that the risk was foreseeable but no action had been taken to remedy it.