weather is certainly unpredictable. One moment it's sunny, the next
you could have thunder showers and lightning. Lightning kills about
42 people every year in the United States.
can pop up at any time; especially during the warmer months. That can
be dangerous, especially for athletes on the field or court.
order to protect student athletes, the National Athletic Trainers'
Association has released guidelines to prevent injuries when it comes
to lightning and other weather hazards, including safety policies for
coaches, athletic trainers, parents, administrators and others
involved in athletic or recreational activities. Here are the
sure you have a lightning emergency plan where to go, what to do if
someone gets struck by lightening.
players know the National Weather Service lightning safety slogans
such as "no place outside is safe when thunderstorms are in the
area" or "half an hour since thunder roars, now it's safe
to go outdoors."
Establish a person who can make decisions to remove individuals from
the weather forecast before you go out and play
players know where to find safe shelters, like homes and cars, and
avoid unsafe areas such as open shelters, picnic tables or bus stops,
which are partially open to the rain and lightning.
most of all, always have first aid kit on hand including an AED.
1982, Wisconsin has had 23 lightning related deaths.