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July 2001

July 2001


How to Avoid the Dangers of Lightning

by: National Athletic Training Association
© July 2001

Lightning storms are among our environment's most spectacular displays. How many times have you caught yourself drawn to the window - or even outside - to watch Mother Nature's fireworks?

Opportunities are plentiful. According to the National Lightning Detection Network, 27 million cloud-to-ground lightning strikes occurred in 1997.

But disregarding the dangers of lightning is perilous. When those hazards are overlooked during a sporting event or other outdoor activity, the risks become flatly unacceptable.

The National Athletic Trainers' Association has developed a Position Statement to aid lightning safety efforts. If you are a parent, a coach, an administrator or a participant, please take note of this information.

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