Sports is fun and healthy but as with most physical activities, accidents and injuries can happen. We must all take personal responsibility for our own safety when participating sports. Whether you are involved in sports as a participant or as a sports event organiser, below are some sports safety guidelines that you should adhere to:
General Personal Safety Guidelines
When you participate in sports, you must take active responsibility for your own safety. You should download, read and observe the following 4 simple rules (SAFE) as detailed in the Sports SAFE U document:
Participating in sports is very safe for most people. However, some people should check with their doctors before they start becoming more physically active. Complete the Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire (PAR-Q) to see if you are physically ready to participate in sports.
2) Adequate Hydration
Cool down your body and beat dehydration by drinking adequate amounts of water. Drink about 500ml of water 30 minutes before exercise, 250ml to 500ml every half-hour during exercise and 1000ml after exercise.
3) Fair Play & Injury Prevention
Fair Play is a key part of an injury-free sports environment. It is important that we respond to the principles of fair play - respect, integrity and fairness - by understanding the rules of the game and abiding by them to reduce the risk of injuring yourself or harming others. In addition, warm-up, cool down and stretch to prevent injuries.
Check that the environment should be safe and suitable for the sport you participate in. Wear proper safety and protective gear, and check that all safety precautions are in place.
General Safety Guidelines when Organising Sports Events / Activities
As organisers of any sports events or activities, it is your responsibility to provide your participants with a safe environment by:
1) Adhering to the Event and Activity Safety guidelines which can be found here.
2) Immediately stopping all outdoor activities and getting everyone to seek shelter when the SRC Lightning Warning System is activated. Please read and understand more about our SRC Lightning Warning System here.
3) Collecting and checking all participants’ Health Declarations and Indemnity Forms. A sample Health Declaration and Indemnity Form can be found here.
4) Collecting and checking all participants’ submit Declaration of Swimming Ability Forms for water sports. A sample Declaration of Swimming Ability can be found here.
Sports-specific Safety Guidelines when Organising Sports Events / Activities
As organisers of any sports events or activities, it is your responsibility to check that your event / activity adheres to the sports-specific safety guidelines as set by the respective National Sports Associations (NSA) or sports governing body. This may require you to enquire from the relevant NSA or sports governing body. Some of these guidelines can be found here.
NUS Cheerleading Sport Safety Policy (Updated 30 June 2014)
All NUS cheerleading activities are to adhere strictly to the NUS Cheerleading Sport Safety Policy, which can be found here.
Sports Safety for Varsity Teams
All varsity teams must adhere to the Health and Safety Guidelines, which can be found here.
Locations of AED & First Aid Kits within Our Sporting Facilities
Kent Ridge Campus