It's a cold and rainy Friday afternoon. The sun is barely peeking through and you have a job to do. You look up and see nothing but steel and gray skies. You look to your right and see your buddy working feverishly to get the job done. All the while as you look down, you stand mere inches from a 50 foot drop. You think back earlier in the day when your wife/husband told you "I'll see you when you get home". The words that traveled from their mouth to your ears should not be taken lightly. It's a call. A call that you have family, friends and loved ones expecting your presence and a duty to arrive home in the same condition you were in when you left for work.
On April 28, 1971, Congress passed the Occupational Safety and Health Act to provide all workers a safe and hazard free place to work. This day has since been recognized as Workers' Memorial Day, or International Commemoration Day (ICD). This is now a day of remembrance for workers who have been killed, or suffered work-related disease or injury.
More American children are competing in sports than ever before. Sports help young athletes (children and adolescents) keep fit and builds their self-confidence. Unfortunately, injuries are nothing new in youth sports, and a potential problem should not prevent these young athletes from participating as part of an active and healthy lifestyle. Parents and coaches can and should play a big role in helping these young athletes stay in the game (so to speak) by teaching them about common injuries within their sports and best practices for injury prevention.