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    Survivor Guide: Attending a Sporting Event


    Sporting events are a big part of many people’s lives, with them following their favourite team or athlete being a genuine passion. Arguably, the best way to take in sport is live at stadiums or tracks, where the atmosphere can be electric and you are surrounded by other like-minded people. Although fun, attending such events can leave you open to danger, with slips, trips and falls, as well as other hazards.

    How do I avoid trips, falls and accidents at sporting spectacles?

    There are many ways to keep safe and free of danger while attending a sporting event. Follow our handy tips to make sure you are safe and responsible:

    • Dress Appropriately – The nature of many sports mean they are played outside for long periods of time. The rugby and football seasons span the winter months, meaning that conditions are prime for slips, trips and falls and discomfort while out and about. These can be avoided by dressing in seasonal clothing and wearing sturdy footwear for your journey. Other events may take place in warm conditions, where sun cream and hats are vital for avoiding problems such as sunburn and sunstroke.
    • Plan Your Journey – Travelling to sporting facilities is a big factor in the experience, and need to be planned. Arranging a route can help to avoid potential problems and steer clear of possible trip or fall hazards.
    • Don’t Over Drink – Many sporting pursuits are synonymous with a quick trip to a pub or bar beforehand. While this is fun, the effects of alcohol can impair your senses and leave you vulnerable to falls and accidents. This can be avoided by knowing your own limits and being sensible.
    • Avoid Confrontation – An unfortunate part of attending some events is confrontation. Consumption of alcohol, disappointment at a result or general impatience can lead to some people losing their temper. While it is sometimes impossible to avoid such incidents, it is best to steer clear of any situation that may leave you vulnerable.

    Sporting spectacles are a great pastime and a brilliant way of meeting new people and having fun. They, of course, have their dangerous elements, but by following our guidelines you should be able to have fun and make memories while staying safe.

    Date Published: November 10, 2013

    Author: David Brown

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    Category: Sporting accident

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