JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas –
Sports and recreation safety are important topics in this year's Critical Days of Summer campaign.
Summertime offers an increased amount of opportunities to stay fit through outdoor activities, so it's important everyone knows how to stay safe, Linda Howlett, 502nd Air Base Wing ground safety manager, said.
Running and playing sports are fun ways Airmen and their families can stay healthy during the summer, Staff Sgt. Gary Lund, 502nd ABW ground safety technician, said.
"I think any activity a person is passionate about can keep them physically fit," Howlett said. "The main thing is to stay active and to know your limits."
Due to transitional weather, physical limitations and excessive exertion, "any sport can have a mishap victim," Lund said.
Despite the inherent risk of physical team activities, participating in a sport does not mean one should be competitive to the point of injury, Howlett said.
To avoid injuries, participants should stretch prior to activities and never consume alcohol during recreation or fitness, Lund said.
To remain safe in the sun, stay hydrated and nourished before, during and after participating in exercise, he said. Use sunblock, wear a hat and be aware of how much time has passed.
Another potential danger with outdoor activity is a motorist colliding with a cyclist or runner.
"Dress to be seen," Howlett said.
Runners and cyclists should wear bright clothing and reflective gear to catch motorists' attention on the roads, she said. Drivers, runners and cyclists must always remain alert and focused.
If an Airman is injured, the initial step is to seek medical attention, Lund said. Afterward, they must fill out an Air Education and Training Command Form 435, or mishap reporting worksheet, initiated and signed by his or her supervisor, unit safety representative and unit commander.