The Safety Brigade Strikes Again! Many Outdoor Kid’s Games are Unsafe   2 comments

The Safety Brigade strikes again!  Remember childhood games such as Capture the Flag, Steal the Bacon, kickball and dodgeball?  Well here’s a story from New York where the health department has labeled these activities as unsafe and that they pose a “significant risk of injury.” Children’s recreational programs that offer these ‘dangerous’ activities will fall under certain regulations.

http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/2011/04/19/2011-04-19_classic_kids_games_like_kickball_deemed_unsafe_by_state_in_effort_to_increase_su.html

I’ll tell you what is dangerous.  26 million people in the United States have diabetes, according to the CDC.   Many of them are children diagnosed with type II which was once rarely seen in those under the age of 40.  25% of America’s children are obese or overweight. We need to wake up!  Our kids need to be active – they need to play hard and use their bodies.  They cannot do that if we allow our fears of all the ‘what ifs’ to cause us to hover over them and keep them from physical activity.  When our schools and communities jump on the safety bandwagon we create a culture of fear and this handicaps our children by making them feel inept and creating barriers to self-confidence.  If that confidence and physical fitness needs to be attained by getting a few bumps, bruises, lost teeth and stitches – then so be it.

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2 responses to “The Safety Brigade Strikes Again! Many Outdoor Kid’s Games are Unsafe

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  1. Wow! What will be next? We did much more dangerous things as children than wiffle ball. Sometimes the hypocrisy of the “experts” blows my mind. Who funded this study by the way? Maybe we could balance a budget by not having silly studies done.

  2. I don’t believe it was an actual funded study – but state bureaucrats deciding that these activites were risky. This was a proposed law would make recreational programs that offered these activities mean that they woul have to register with the state as a summer camp and provide a medical staff- and registering as a camp costs $200 per year.

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