Sports can provide your kids with opportunities to develop self-discipline and sportsmanship. It can also be a way for your kid to learn about teamwork and discover his/her potential. But like other activities, sports can also pose a risk for injury.
Kids, especially younger than 8, are most susceptible to a sports-related injury. Kids that young are less coordinated and have slower reaction times than older kids.
While you can’t always prevent injuries, there are things you can do as a parent to reduce the risk of sports-related injuries.
- Use the proper equipment
While you don’t have to get the top-of-the-line sports equipment, it’s important to use ones that are safe and appropriate for your child’s sport.
Ask your child’s sports coach about the appropriate equipment. As for safety/protective equipment, choose ones that are approved by organizations that govern your child’s sport.
- Check the playing field
The playing field should always be well-maintained.
Ensure that your child’s play area is free from holes and ruts that may cause kids to trip or fall.
- Make sure that every sports-related event is supervised by a qualified adult
A well-qualified adult such as your child’s sports coach should have training on first aid and CPR. His/her commitment should be every child’s safety and well-being. And most of all, he/she should make sure that the sports are played properly and safety equipment is used.
- Prepare your kid for the sport
Proper preparation is as important as using the right equipment.
Make sure your child is well-prepared for warm-ups and training for the sport. He/she should also have adequate fluid intake and rest during practices and games.
Sports-related injuries can’t always be prevented but with these things, you can make sports a more positive experience for your child.
At Ozark Orthopaedics, our experts in Sports Medicine will diagnose and treat injuries that occur before, during, or after the game. When you need to get back in the game ASAP, count on the experts at Ozark Orthopaedics. Schedule an appointment today.