Archery has one of the lowest injury rates with a 0.57 injury rate per 1,000 participants, ranking safer than golf, tennis and fishing, according to the 2017 National Electronic Injury Surveillance System. Archery is for anyone who wants to participate. Whether the goal is to get out and socialize, become active, or to make a U.S. Olympic, Paralympic or World Championship Team, archery is a sport that lends itself to any ability, age or skill level. Archery is also one of the most inclusive and equitable team sports available.
For a complete overview of archery safety visit the Archery Trade Association’s website.
USA Archery is nationally recognized for our coach certification courses that are the foundation for keeping archery a safe sport. All instructors are trained to set-up and operate an archery range safely while at the same time teaching students how to shoot archery responsibly. In addition to safety on the range, all coaches and club administrators are required to have a USA Archery Background Screening and current U.S. Center for SafeSport training. USA Archery’s Code of Conduct and Minor Athlete Abuse and Prevention Policy (MAAPP) spells out expectations for adults in coaching and leadership positions. On and off the field of play, USA Archery is committed to providing training, educational materials and resources for our athletes, coaches, clubs, and parents.
In addition to all of that, USA Archery also operates and sanctions hundreds of local, state and national events each year, in both indoor and outdoor settings. These events operate safe ranges and safety areas for archers of all ages and abilities with spectators.