Safety – Important in Increasing Activity for Young and Old

Safety – Important in Increasing Activity for Young and Old

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By Rameshon
(Masters In Education, University of Western Australia, 2005 – 2008)

 

In the past, when I did my runs on the roadside, it was safe to run. Hence, I was able to run about 10km to 20km, at times, per day, in fact, barefooted. I did not get injured as the terrain of the road was made of tarmac. Gradually, I used to get a shoe to run, and I saw that I still did not get any form of injury.

However, over time, roads became very unsafe to run. It is right now tough to run on the roadside. People, instead, run on long stretches of pavement. This is good as it is safe to run from traffic etc. However, with the heavy pounding impact we get from the running on the pavement and thus get injured easily. Many out there are not aware of why they get an injury. My answer, from my own experience, for not only getting injuries but also on slowing down the process on recovery comes from running on the pavement. As such, it is advisable to, in fact, run minimally on pavements and do more runs on the tarmac, dirt ground or grass field, or on the treadmill.

It is therefore, safe to run, without traffic, at Mac Ritchie Reservoir, Bishan Park, Pasir Ris Park, Botanic Park, Fort Canning Hill, Turf City, East Coast Park, to name a few.

In Parks, safety problems come from cycling, rollerblading, scooter, etc. Some parks do not allow cycling and it is safe to run, like those at Botanic Gardens.

The other place safe to run in Singapore is a stadium. Many stadiums are safe. However, some flaws are found in some stadiums and I am going to enumerate the points to highlight on how things can be avoided such that people are able to exercise more. If the public finds that it is unsafe to run on the track, they will usually stop the activity, and this is not fair for long term exercise and fitness as a lifelong pursuit.

Safety in Stadiums

(1) Water Hose

Sometimes water hose is kept on the floor at the D area of the rubberised track. It is used to water the field and the hose is coiled and placed on the floor and this should be avoided as people are bound to have a bad fall from it and they may land in the hospital, or death may take place if it is a real serious fall. 

(2) Light Modern Goal Post

These goalposts are found sometimes in the field or near the D area of the track. In the past, a goal post to be carried may need about 8 to 10 people as the material was very heavy to be carried. However, nowadays the material is light to be carried. There have been an incident of death in Singapore and it has been reported in the press. Avoidance of this incident is important and we should not wait for one. When not in use, the goal post must be placed at far away fences in order to make the kids had to have accessibility to the goal post, unless if one wants to play. 

(3) Equipment must not be placed on track if not booked

Usually, during public usage time, schools and other organisation should not put markers and cones to block the lanes of the track. At times, it was found that the track is not booked by anyone. In a track, if a lane is not booked, it should not be blocked. If an organisation blocks some lanes of a track, it tantamount to booking, and there must be a payment made. In reality, if investigated, the lanes are free for the public to run. The public sometimes give schools priority to run on nearly all lanes and they, on the other hand, sacrifice their run and go home to watch TV or do something else, instead.

(4) Field Usage by outsiders must be monitored

I have seen that some organisations, like junior soccer club, booking a field in a track, which is within the track, and the public is told that they have to avoid lane 1 to 5, as there are lane 7-8 in a track. However, some of the so-called ‘friends’ who did not book the track are allowed to come in and kick at the other end of the goal post. It looks like a sub-letting, but it is actually permission granted by the booked party to welcome a friendly group to co-exist on the other end of the field where you have the goal post. More clarity must be made public to people as others also could ask the club for permission and it should not restrict others who also want to use the track when the other half of the field is not used at all. 

Usually, most of the time, long shots of kicking at goal post is what we have seen. I have also seen that some of the boys not able to kick properly, as their kicks sometimes go to the extreme right and sometimes to the extreme left, and the ball keeps frequently hitting people on the track. It is wise for the person on duty to stop the person from kicking the ball to the track. If found, it is wise to tell the group to stop the activity or else the public who are running on the track will be affected by getting distracted to continue running. 

The organisation that booked the field should be made accountable for allowing a group who keep kicking long shots 

(5) Playing on the track

Some schoolboys have been seen numerous times to play on the track. It is wise for the officer around to request the boys to stop. If caught again, there must be a follow up by the officer in – charge as the track will be avoided by the party who has been frequenting the track for running. Even playing rugby and frisbee etc must be stopped if it has been found to be played on the track. 

 

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By Narayanan
Rameshon has taught in Hwa Chong Institution, plus several schools, and Republic Polytechnic as well. He has won many accolades and he was awarded Merit Award for 1991 marathon performance in breaking the national record of Singapore, at that time. He has made 22 male athletes to do marathon in sub-3hrs. He has made 7 female runners to do sub-4 hours for marathon, as well. He was inducted to the ‘Roll of Honour’  by the then College of Physical Education, organised by Singapore Olympic Academy, in 1998, for breaking the National record repeatedly 4 times, till he did 2hr 24min 22sec).

He also has a Coaching group and he trains them on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7pm at Botanic Gardens. Those interested can call him at 91004369 for coaching assistance, to improve performance. There is also personal training that he does for many in a week. You can e-mail him at swift.rameshon@gmail.com.

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