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Goal Safety


Goal Post Safety: The May 2007 death of a young Virginia boy from a portable goal post that was not properly secured is heart-breaking proof that goals are very dangerous. In fact a Center for Disease Control analysis of 27 reported goal post injuries found that 18 were fatal, 23 involved males, mean age was 10 years old, and head traumas were the principle cause of death. Further, Anchored for Safety reports that there have been over 35 deaths and 52 injuries in the U.S. from falling soccer goals since the 1980’s. This does not have to be. No goals should be left on a field without being properly anchored.In addition to the risk that full size goals pose, there are also risks to smaller foldable soccer goals that are sold at sporting goods stores and often bought for a family’s backyard. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a recall of several of these goals in September 2008. Clubs, schools and recreation agencies need to make sure all of their goals are properly secured when out on a field. There are several resources on securing goals properly and at Anchored for Safety.