Simple Tips For Preventing Childhood Sports Injuries

It’s a call no parent wants to get. You’re at work, engrossed in the crisis of the moment that’s yours to solve and your phone rings, it’s your child’s coach and he’s hurt his knee at football practice, and right now it looks pretty bad.

Sports injuries are going to happen as long as there are kids and sports. However, there are some things you can do to help keep yourself from getting a phone call like the just mentioned.

First of all, make sure that the sports your child is enrolled in are overseen by adults that are certified athletic trainers (ATC). An ATC is also trained in the prevention, recognition and immediate care of athletic injuries.

Next, make sure your child understands that protective gear necessary for playing his or her chosen sport as well as wearing that equipment at all times during play. That, “Just this once” time your child doesn’t wear pads or a helmet can be the time he or she suffers an injury.

The importance of warming up and stretching muscles can’t be said enough. Muscles must be warmed up or they run the risk of tearing or strain. Light stretching, jogging and other light warm up exercises will greatly increase your child’s chances of not being on the injured list.

Talk to your child about “R.I.C.E.”. Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation is one of the best early treatments for an injury. Talking to your child about what RICE is as well as why it’s done will help your child not only understand what to do in case of an injury, he or she won’t panic or get upset when these procedures are done in case of an injury.

With warmer weather approaching, it’s also important to talk to your child about heat related illness. Children perspire less than adults and require a higher core body temperature to trigger sweating. Heat-related illnesses include:
*dehydration (deficit in body fluids)

*heat exhaustion (nausea, dizziness, weakness, headache, pale and moist skin, heavy perspiration, normal or low body temperature, weak pulse, dilated pupils, disorientation, fainting spells)

*heat stroke (headache, dizziness, confusion, and hot dry skin, possibly leading to vascular collapse, coma, and death). All of these are dangerous conditions and can even be fatal, but they can be easily prevented by staying hydrated and resting if they experience any of the above symptoms while playing in hot weather.

Sports are important, they help kids stay fit and develop valuable social skills. Knowledge about how injuries happen and what to do when they do is some of the most powerful information you can give you child. Talk to your child and go over the easy tips outlined here and you’ll have taken a great first step to avoiding that phone call!