Five Tips to Prevent Youth Sports Injuries
As parents, encouraging your children to participate in school or community based sports and recreational activities provide a way for them to have fun, stay physically fit, and learn important lessons about the value of teamwork as well as good sportsmanship. However, it is important to make safety a top priority. Any sport can result in potentially serious personal injuries if the proper precautions are not taken. To help reduce the risks your child faces, be aware of the dangers and follow some simple safety tips.
Children’s Sports Injuries
Sports and recreational accidents are one of the leading causes of personal injuries among children. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), these types of injuries send more than three million children between the ages of 5 and 14 to hospital emergency rooms each year. Among the most common types of sports injuries children suffer include:
- Soft tissue injuries, such as muscle or tendon strains, sprains, and tears;
- Broken bones and dislocated joints;
- Heat related illnesses, such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke;
- Dehydration, which can cause damage to internal organs;
- Head injuries, including concussion and traumatic brain injuries (TBI);
- Spinal cord injuries, which can result in permanent paralysis.
Anytime an injury is suspected, even if it appears mild, you should have your child thoroughly checked by a doctor before allowing them to return to play.
Five Ways You Can Help Prevent Children’s Sports Injuries
Coaches, trainers, school administrators, and sports facility staff play a major role in helping to prevent children’s sports related injuries. Unfortunately, they may not always follow the best practices or have the proper procedures in place, which is why it is vitally important for parents to be alert. Johns Hopkins Medicine advises these five tips for keeping your child safe:
- Make sure they have the proper safety equipment. While parents may need to provide protective items such as pads, face guards, and helmets, it is the school’s responsibility to ensure they are used during play.
- Provide proper training and program guidelines. Coaches need to take the time to assess player skills and to provide proper training at the start of each season.
- Allow for warm ups and plenty of practice. Before taking the field or engaging in arduous activity, coaching staff needs to allow students time to warm up muscles and to practice the skills they will use during games.
- Provide plenty of liquids and adequate breaks. Particularly when training outdoors and during warm weather months, students need plenty of water and opportunities to rest in a shaded location.
- Recognize the signs of injuries. Coaches and trainers should never encourage students to ‘play through’ pain or discomfort. Doing so only increases the chances that an injury will worsen.
Contact Us Today for Help
When your child suffers injuries, the Law Firm of William E. Raikes, III is here to help you hold responsible parties accountable. Contact our Fort Pierce personal injury attorney and request a consultation to see how we can assist you today.