Kids love to engage in physical activity, whether it be indoors roughhousing or outdoors playing with friends, it’s always important to consider how your kid is playing. Sports – whether it be tee ball, baseball, soccer, football, etc. – are a great way for kids to channel their young energy, but kids sports injuries may take place unexpectedly.
How to Prevent Kids Sports Injuries
- Exercise – with the increasing cases of overweight children, it’s important to make sure your kid is in great shape. Not only is it beneficial for their health, but it will dramatically decrease the chances of an injury to your child.
- Staying Hydrated – as we’re all familiar with, summer time can bring out some of the hottest temperatures. Combine the heat with heavy physical exertion while playing sports and you have a recipe for dehydration. Whether it’s sports drinks or water, replenishing your child’s fluids will keep them from unnecessary kids sports injuries.
- Proper Gear – every sport will have appropriate gear that kids should be wearing if they are playing. Find out what gear the sport offers – helmets, shin guards, eye protection, mouth guards, sunscreen, etc. Don’t be concerned about how “weird” your child looks either, safety is always the most important.
- Pick a Good Program – when we say “good” program, we mean choose an organized sports program or (summer camp program) with employees/coaches who are committed to your child’s safety. Make sure someone in the program is knowledgeable when it comes to handling an emergency situation (i.e. CPR and first aid training).
Accidents may happen, but the best thing you can do is be proactive about it. Following our kids sports injury prevention tips are a great starting point! In case an emergency does arise, we have same day pediatric care facilities in 7 different locations as well as pediatric urgent care with doctors on call.