The Risk and its Impacts:

The inherent nature of the sport has potential for an unsafe environment: potential long-term or catastrophic injury, age of participants, coach-athlete power dynamic, body-image issues, sport culture, parental attitudes, long training hours, strong emphasis on performance not balanced with safety measures. Any athlete, other stakeholder, or the organization itself may experience some form of mental or physical harm. See also “Safe Sport Risk” which addresses abuse, harassment and maltreatment.