Throwing the discus is not a skill we all have. However it is something many of us have done at some point – probably back when we were at school. In fact this is usually where we get to try out all kinds of sports in the hope we may be able to do well in one or more of them, or at least enjoy them to some extent. All schools make sure the sports they provide are safely-organised and well-run, so the kids can enjoy them and have classes on a regular basis. It’s very unlikely that an incident of some kind would occur during any of these classes.
For example, sustaining a discus injury at school would indeed be a rarity. However there is the potential for it to occur if potential hazards were present that had not been identified or dealt with prior to the discus event taking place. If someone was hit by a discus and it was found they were standing in an area that should have been marked as potentially dangerous, it could mean negligence was to blame.
How bad could a discus injury at school be?
There is the potential for it to be quite serious. A lot would depend on how hard a person was hit, where they were hit and how fast the discus was going at the time. It can weigh more than a kilogram depending on its actual size, so as you can imagine it is capable of causing some damage if someone is unfortunate enough to be hit by one.
All schools should conduct risk assessments for many different kinds of situations. For example they should be done prior to any PE lessons taking place at a specific place, because they can help highlight any potential hazards that could be present. Even if one is performed it is essential that its recommendations are taken on board to ensure these potential hazards are properly focused on and dealt with in the proper manner.
Preventing discus injuries
Clearly it is much better to prevent injuries from occurring in the first place. By following the recommendations laid down in a risk assessment, any PE lesson or event that uses discus throwing should be safe and enjoyable to watch for all those concerned.
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