Welcome to Day 2 of the Child Safety Challenge!
Are your children involved in any organized sports?
How many sports do they play? Which ones?
Do they ever have an off season?
This is the age when organized and recreational sports become a big part of your child's life. It is important that they follow all safety guidelines.
1.35 million children were seen in emergency rooms last year with sports related injuries. The most common sports related injuries in children are: strains & sprains, fractures, contusions & abrasions, and concussions.
Here are some important tips to avoid sports related injuries.
- Before your child starts any sport, make sure they get a pre-participation physical exam from your family doctor. A physical exam will help to rule out any potential issues that could put your child at risk.
- Children should drink plenty of water BEFORE, DURING and AFTER practices and games to avoid dehydration.
- Make sure your child has correctly fitted sports equipment ie helmets, shin guards, knee pads etc..
- Parents/guardians should be present at games and practices to ensure the play environment is safe.
- Coaches/sports staff should be trained in CPR and first aid. They should know how to prevent, identify and respond to concussions as well as other injuries.
- Experts recommend children have 10 weeks of consecutive rest before beginning another season to avoid overuse injuries.
This video discusses the risks and ways to avoid overuse injuries.