When it comes to soccer safety there are a number of areas where coaches need to be aware when they show up to soccer practice or games.
Weather can be a huge factor depending on where you are living. In Texas we have to be aware of lightning or heat in the summer and plan accordingly.
Heat can be a real factor - here are some of the precautions that coaches can put into place to help the kids.
Where ever you play make sure the kids are safe...
What are the field conditions your team is about to play on?
coach has to take into account all of these conditions and try and help
the players adjust. I know in Texas we don't see very much thick green
grass so studs are not needed - they will just kill the kids feet
because the ground here is so hard. Kids will end up having heel
problems if they are in the wrong shoes.
All these conditions can be a factor in how the kids play and their soccer safety, so the coach has to help the kids adjust.
When the players are going on the field for games...
I like to make this as smooth as possible so we don't have issues and distractions prior to the game.
The coach should have some knowledge of first aid for bumps and bruises. Carry a small first aid kit with you as a coach just in case you have injuries for the kids. I would suggest carrying some band aids, bandages, ice packs and ointment for cuts and bruises.
If a players get seriously hurt...
R.I.C.E is the acronym for treating an injury...
If you are not certified get some training and make sure you can handle these situations.
To get more info on safety go to USYSA and click on coaches tab and look under resources center. Coaches will find good info on health and safety.