Instead of celebrating the game-winning shot, you make a fast break to the emergency room.
Approximately 3 million children suffer sports injuries each year. But the good news is more than half of these injuries can be prevented.
Follow these safety precautions to help your child stay healthy and injury free all season long.
- Before the season starts, take your child to the doctor to get checked out. A sports physical can help detect any underlying problems before beginning a strenuous sport schedule.
- Be sure your child is outfitted with proper safety gear for the sport. This goes for recreational activities, too. Sports equipment should be the right size for the child and kept in good condition.
- Kids should be dressed for the weather and always have a water bottle with them to stay well hydrated. Heat-related illnesses are one of the three most common sports injuries in kids.
- Kids need to loosen up and stretch before playing. This includes practices, too, since more kids get injured during practices than in games.
- Does your kid’s coach teach players how to reduce their risk of concussion? Make sure your child follows the safety rules set in place. Experts say 1 in 5 high school athletes suffers a concussion from sports.
- Tell your kids to inform you or a coach if something doesn’t feel right. It can be dangerous to overlook an injury and play through the pain.
- Your child can avoid overuse injuries by playing different sports in different seasons. Playing one sport continuously puts a lot of pressure on the same muscles, ligaments and tendons. Overuse injuries account for about half of all sports injuries in kids.
Stick to these simple safety steps and watch your child continue making lay-ups on the court, instead of being laid-up on the couch.