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Published on September 04, 2015

Your Guide to Sports Safety for Kids

A new school year doesn’t just mean new classrooms. There are also new extracurriculars like sports to think about. This safety guide will keep your kids protected on the field, whether this is their first season or you’re both in need of a refresher from last year.   

  1. Before: Take your child in for a preseason checkup and get a Pre-Participation Physical Evaluation (PPE), which helps keep athletes healthy and safe. Create a contact sheet in case of emergency for your kid’s coach and talk with the coach about any health issues your child has before the new season begins.

    Learn the signs of concussion and dehydration with your kids and instruct them to hydrate 30 minutes before every practice and game. Similarly, make sure your kids know the rules of the game. When players know what is and is not allowed in play, fewer injuries occur.

    Warm up with light activity like jogging, jumping jacks or power walking.  Follow a warm-up with stretching, when tissues are more flexible.

  2. During: In addition to hydrating before practice and games, it’s important to remind your children to continue hydrating every 20 minutes throughout periods of high activity. Gear up with the right equipment. Depending on the sport, appropriate gear can include helmets, mouth guards, shin guards, shoulder pads, eye protection and sunscreen.

    Make sure the kids are getting time to rest during practice and games to prevent overuse injuries. Encourage them to speak up about any pain or discomfort they experience, and let them know they won’t be letting the team down if they need a break. Follow the concussion prevention tip of “when in doubt, take them out!”

  3. After: Have your kids cool down with exercises like walking and stretching of all major muscle groups including arms, legs and chest. Allow a couple of days of rest between strenuous games and practices to prevent injury.

    If your child has sustained an injury, don’t allow him or her to return to the field until they’ve made a full recovery. Seek medical assistance if the pain is severe, persistent or interferes with sleeping.  Similarly, don’t allow your kid to play when sick, so he or she can get better and prevent illness from spreading to the rest of the team.

How do you keep your kids safe on the field? Share in the comments below!

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