How to Keep Your Child Injury-Free During Sports Season
>Every year parents sign up their children for one or more sports. Individual and team sports are great for children for many different reasons. They promote exercise, teamwork, and sportsmanship. However, sports are also the cause of many youth injuries.
Many injuries that happen on the playing field are very minor, such as scrapes and bruises. However, youth sports have also been known to cause more serious injuries, especially to the spine and brain. Many children will also suffer injuries to the knees, hips, and fingers, hands, and wrists. More than 775,000 children under the age of 14 are treated in hospital emergency rooms for sports related injuries each year.
While it may be a long shot that your son’s peewee football game can land him with spinal trauma, it is always best to be on the safe side. Here are a few ways to keep your child safe during sports season.
- Make sure they have proper equipment. We know that every sport cost an arm and a leg with all the equipment that is needed, but it is best to keep your child protected. Children are not done growing, so their bodies and head need a little extra protection.
- Pre-season physicals and check ups are a must. Again, just to be safe, get the okay from your child’s doctor. The doctor can do a physical check to make sure your child is in tiptop shape to play.
- Chiropractic care helps young athletes. Chiropractic care is a gentle and effective way to make sure your child’s spine is aligned and healthy. A healthy spine can help your child play better and prevent injury.
- Proper officiating and coaching will keep injuries at bay. Coaches and referees should realize that youth sports are just that, for the youth. Every child’s health and safety should be the priority. This means that a coach shouldn’t push a child past his playing limits, and a referee should stop injuries/fights between players before they escalate. If you feel the coach or referee is not keeping the children’s safety in priority, let it be known.
- Make sure your child is hydrated. Let your child know how important it is that they drink enough water throughout the game, especially in the heat. This will help them play better and prevent injuries, as well as dehydration.
- A medical service should be nearby. Having a medical service on the field or in the park for the games can prevent major issues.
Youth sports are a lot of fun for both kids and their parents. Injuries, however, can put a damper in the season and put your child at risk for other injuries or problems later down the road. Do your best to prevent injuries and know what to do in the case of an injury.