Archery was first introduced into the Olympics in 1900 and in 1904 the first Olympic sport to include women. It has also been part of community based sports and activities for a long time through Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, community centers, 4-H Clubs and summer camps just to name a few. Even schools across the US and Florida have embraced archery as a sport through Olympic Archery in the Schools (OAS) and National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP). Combined these two organizations account for tens of thousands of archers in school programs aged 8 to 18 years old.
Archery is one of the safest sports available. One reason for its great safety record is the strict guidelines for range safety. Archery organizations around the world adopt similar, if not identical, safety practices that must be in place. Archery is also a non-contact sport, thus eliminating the situation of physical size and stature becoming a factor for collisions. Studies done around the country have never listed archery as a sport with a high injury rate. In fact, sports like golf, fishing and tennis have higher rates of injury per thousand than Archery (ATA Statistics report). An interesting side point in these studies, most archery injuries classified are non serious types such as arm abrasions from bow strings that can be avoided with simple arm guards and/or proper instruction.
Most archery accidents occur outside of proper instruction. When in environments that are not controlled, any sport can be dangerous. Think about playing tackle football at a park without the proper padding and supervision. The chance for an accident/injury is at a high level unsupervised or unprepared. The same goes for archery. Most serious accidents occur when hunting using razor arrow tips or while shooting in an improperly set up backyard/field without proper safety supervision. This is why only certified instructors are used in both archery ranges and competitions to ensure safety protocols are followed.
At FamilyFun Archery, we only use/allow field points on arrows (non-razor broadhead tips) and shooting is done in the presence of a field shooting director. We are here to provide the safe environment you need to practice your archery skills to excel in this fun sport.