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The Play Safe! website is indispensable for RSEQ athletes and coaches. It’s full of information, tips and tools about sports injuries.

This RSEQ initiative was made possible by a grant from the Active and Safe Play program of the Public Health Agency of Canada, a grant from the Ministère de l’Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport, and the collaboration of its partners.

Before exploring our website, we invite you to consider the impact of injuries that occur during sports and recreational activities as well as the questions they raise about safety.

The impact of sports- and recreation-related injuries
All health researchers and professionals tell us that physical exercise is good for our health.   However, no one is immune to accidents or injuries.  Here are some telling statistics on the annual impact of sports- and recreation-related injuries in Québec[1]:

•175 deaths
•5,100 hospitalizations
•514,000 medical consultations
•450 million dollars ($) in direct costs for health care and loss of productivity

General safety guidelines
It would be naive to think that we could keep all sports injuries from happening; nevertheless, it is our responsibility – as players, participants, athletes and coaches – to use every means at our disposal to help prevent them from happening. This is what the Play Safe! website is all about. Before you go any further, we’d like you to see how you fare in answering the following questions about safety:

  • Do you know what shape you’re in, physically?
  • Do you know the risks involved when playing your sport?
  • Do you know the standards and regulations governing your sport?
  • Do you know the environment in which you practise your sport?
  • Do you have the right protective gear, and is it in good shape?
  • If you ever practice it alone or with just a few others in remote areas, such as in a wood, do you take the necessary precautions?
  • Is your sports technique as good as it can be?
  • Have you warmed up enough?
  • Are the people overseeing your sport qualified?
  • Does the person who supervises your sport apply the basic safety guidelines?
  • Is the equipment provided you in good shape and does it meet accepted standards?

Project partners
The RSEQ wishes to thank the Public Health Agency of Canada for awarding it a grant under the Active and Safe Play injury-prevention initiative, as well as the following partners:

  • Ministère de l’Éducation du Loisir et du Sport, Direction de la promotion de la sécurité
  • The fourteen (14) RSEQ regional bodies
  • The Conseil de médecine du sport du Québec

[1] The Ministère de l’Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport. Safety and integrity in recreation and sports. Keep it fun!

La direction de la promotion de la sécurité – Ministère de l'Éducation du Loisir et du Sport: Étude des blessures subies au cours de la pratique d'activités récréatives et sportives au Québec en 2009-2010