Author: ATA Staff
If you’re hoping to grow archery in your community, here’s an important tool that might help: Schools, agencies, communities, organizations and anyone interested in teaching archery can now download an updated Archery Safety Brochure from the Archery Trade Association (ATA).
In compiling data for this brochure, the ATA used data from a number of reporting organizations, including the Sports & Fitness Industry Association, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, National Electronic Injury Surveillance System and Sportscover Injury Calculator.
The ATA Archery Safety Brochure compares archery injury rates to those of football, baseball, soccer and other sports, and concludes that archery is one of the nation’s safest recreational activities. Photo: Paul Sherar/ATA
The ATA brochure compares archery injury rates to those of football, baseball, soccer and other sports, and concludes that archery is one of the nation’s safest recreational activities. In fact, soccer, baseball and basketball have injury rates 20 to 45 times higher than archery’s injury rate. Per 1,000 participants, archery’s injury rate ranks below golf, fishing and tennis, and slightly above badminton, bowling and table tennis.
“Because it involves a bow and arrow, archery might seem unsafe at first glance, especially in areas that don’t have archery programs,” said Katie Haymes, the ATA’s education programs manager. “Our brochure is an excellent tool to show city-council members and school administrators that archery should be embraced, not feared. The data show that even when archery participation increased from 2007 to 2014, the injury rate did not.”
Soccer, baseball and basketball have injury rates 20 to 45 times higher than archery’s injury rate. Photo: Paul Sherar/ATA
The Archery Safety Brochure also outlines instructor certification, a key factor that helps make archery so safe for participants. Certification courses are tested, used and evaluated to maximize safety for participants and spectators in group and individual settings. Certification courses also provide instructors valuable safety knowledge and hands-on experience, which make archery programs more appealing and marketable to people unfamiliar with the sport.