Please be aware that there are notices inside the clubhouse concerning health and safety when playing croquet at midSuffolk Thurston.
Croquet is a reasonably safe sport, but the following is brought to your attention:
1. Hit by a croquet ball (travelling at a fast speed). Bruising; breakage of bones and/or joints, pain.
2. Falling over, or bumping into, a hoop. Bruising, breakage of bones and/or joints;pain.
3. Being hit by your own, or another's, mallet head. Bruising, breakage of bones, internal trauma; pain.
4. Falling over the lip of the croquet lawn, or tripping on the boundary. Bruising, breakage of bones; pain.
5. Mis-handling of the mallet by using wristy action. Trauma to the wrist; repetitive strain injury.
6. Ingestion of lawn-treatment chemicals. Poisoning.
7. Treading on a ball. Twisting the ankle; breakage of the ankle adjacent bones; pain.
8. Tripping over the safety barriers. Bruising, breakage of bones and/or joints;pain.
In the order of the risks listed above ...
1. Warn others of hard hitting. Be watchful of all play on the lawn.
2. Watch where you are going, and do not walk backwards or sideways (applies to 8 also).
3. Keep the feet apart and out of the way of the mallet as you swing. Keep the mallet by your side.
4. Step down to the lawn carefully, & off the lawn with awareness. Move a ball away from boundary rope.
5. Keep the wrists firm- try to avoid using a wrist 'flick' when hitting the ball
6. When warned of lawn treatment, take obvious heed. If you touch grass, shoes, balls or mallet heads take care not to transfer any contamination to your mouth or nose. Always wash hands appropriately.
7. Do not jump with both feet off the ground when a ball comes your way. You may land badly, and you may land on a ball (which will twist the ankle).
All these risks and avoidance strategies were mentioned during your first training sessions.
AT ALL TIMES DURING PLAY IF YOU FEEL UNWELL OR SUFFER MILD INJURY
REQUEST ASSISTANCE OF OTHER PLAYERS, OR (BY TELEPHONE) OF THE HEALTH SERVICES.
An incident book is provided in the club house (back wall)
Parents and carers should be present at all times as appropriate for their wards/patients.