Track & field can be dangerous sport. People running at full speed can put a dent in you rather quickly. The shot, discus, and javelin were not, in fact built specifically for track & field. They were Greek weapons of war. They can hurt you. With these things in mind we offer the following safety tips:
1. Always look both directions before crossing the track or any runways.
2. DO NOT WALK ACROSS THE FIELD WHERE FIELD EVENTS ARE BEING THROWN. Be extremely careful anywhere near the shot, discus, or javelin areas. Only those athletes working out or competing in these events should be in these areas. Save social time for later when your friends can concentrate on you.
3. Athletes participating in field events must understand that their implements can be dangerous and are not toys. They will observe safety guidelines set out by their field coach or otherwise be asked to leave practice.
4. Do not go onto the field unless your event group is working out there. This means that you should go around the outside of the track to get from one side to the other.
5. If running on a street, always run with a partner and coach and always look before you cross the street. Always run against traffic. No headphones allowed!!
6. On the track:
•Warm up in the outer lanes. During workout, if you run up behind a runner, yell “track” so they know to move to the outer lane and out of your way.
∙Do not cut in front of people while they are running. This can lead to injury to you and the other runners involved.
∙ No headphones!
Please read and discuss with your athlete.