Sports SafetyBe Active
Kids are headed back to school and for many that also means playing sports, whether organized
or recreational there are some tips parents need to consider to help ensure a healthy sports
- Warm-up and make sure muscles are ready for play. This may include doing similar movements of the sport at a slower pace.
- Keep hydrated and take frequent water breaks – make sure you child knows the importance of hydration and to speak up if feeling faint or dizzy
- Wear appropriate gear for the sport and don’t forget to wear sunscreen if outside.
- Discuss with your child the signs and symptoms of a concussion and the importance of sitting out when a concussion is suspected. Any change in behavior, thinking or physical functioning can be a sign of a concussion.
- Don’t pressure your child to play when injured and don’t pressure a coach to allow your kid to play while injured
- Be aware of the organizations concussion and injury polices and become educated as a parent and don’t be afraid to speak up to support your child.
- Allow athletes one to two rest days per week to help their body to recover
- To avoid burnout or overuse injuries the AAP recommends taking a 2-3 month break from a
specific sport every year.