Well over 35 million kids in the United States play organized sports, and many of them will get some bumps and bruises that will cause them to miss a practice or two. Here are a few tips to keep your kids safe from injury.
Tip #1 Get a physical
Take a trip to the doctor for a checkup to make sure your child is fit to get in the game. It may seem unnecessary and trivial to get the OK from the Doc, but it will give you the peace of mind that your kid is good to go.
Tip #2 Warm-up
A study done on 4,000 children in Europe found that a 48% reduction in injuries could be avoided with the proper warm-up. The study focused on the stability of the legs and feet. Falling techniques also help reduce injuries as well.
“Nate Bower, PT with Champion Sports Medicine introduced an injury prevention program, that includes a proper warm-up, for an Alabama school soccer team and so far.”
“We have seen a 60 percent overall reduction in lower extremity injuries,” said Bower.
Tip #3 Hydration
Proper hydration at practice and of course during the game will protect kids from injuries caused by heat-related illnesses. Beleive it or not over 9,000 high school kids are treated for dehydration each year. Keep an eye on the signs of heat-related illnesses like rapid and uncontrollable breathing, dizziness, and confusion. Make sure that your young athlete loads up on plenty of water.
Tip #4 Pause and Rest
Make sure that your athlete hits the pause button every now and then and gets the rest that he or she needs to play at their best. Rest is different than getting a good nights sleep. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, a young athlete should take one day off a week and a full month off every year from training or playing a particular sport. This will help the body recover.
There you have it, four tips that can reduce the possibilities of injury.