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Risks and Responsibilities of Coaching Introduction The purpose of this paper is to look at the area of risk management with reference to the sport of swimming There is no doubt that the ability to prevent any types of injury to athletes is of the utmost importance The safety of the athletes should therefore be the primary concern of both facility managers and coaches By working together one would hope that all unnecessary injuries could be prevented One of the most severe injuries that can occur is that of a spinal injury The area of prevention that addresses this issue is that of spinal injury management and it will be looked at more closely later in this paper Even with all the extra emphasis in this day and age on safety issues these kinds of injuries are still far too prevalent In 1996 Michael Berger and Judith Middleton state that in the United Kingdom there are around 40000 children each year that suffer from head injuries Some of these individuals will have received severe injuries in that they will have been unconscious for at least 20 minutes and so will most likely have suffered brain damage The sport of swimming has the obvious danger of drowning There are also potential risks of spinal injuries caused by collisions with the floor of the pool the walls in the pool and other swimmers Many other injuries can be the result of a slippery deck or training equipment not correctly stored away There is also a risk of injury from the chemicals which are present at a pool such as chlorine Risk Management Aquatic injury prevention should be part of any facilities risk management program Risk management involves identifying and reducing dangerous conditions that can cause injuries and financial loss Thus the aim of a risk management is in a way a kind of preventative medicine to tackle the issue of a problem thus ensuring that
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