14 Oct Fall Sports Safety Tips for Your Kids
Now that we are knee-deep into the school season, children’s fall sports are also in full swing which means now is the time for reiterating sports safety. Here are some tips to share with your kids to keep them safe on the court, field, or track this season:
- Rest is essential. Always keep at least one day free from sports activities to give young bodies a chance to recover.
- Wear the right gear. Soccer cleats and shin guards are important. Football helmets are important. Field hockey mouth guards are important. If your sport calls for protective equipment, wear it. No matter what.
- Recognize pain. If you are in pain while playing your sport, stop. Take a break and have your pain evaluated by a professional. Taking a chance by continuing play can result in worse pain and injury.
- Stretch. Flexibility can help you move easier and cause fewer injuries.
- Stay hydrated. Do not wait until you are thirsty to drink. Take water breaks frequently to keep the body properly hydrated throughout the activity.
- Be a good sport. Losing a game is just a chance to do better next time. It is not an opportunity to be a poor sport.
- Follow the rules of the game. They are there to make the game more challenging and fun and to keep everyone safe. Breaking the rules can result in injury to you, your teammates, and your opponents.
- Try conditioning exercises to strengthen your muscles. Strong muscles make it easier to play a sport and less likely to injure yourself.
Most importantly, make sure you child is having fun out there playing his sport. That’s what it’s all about, after all. And give us a call if you need any information on how your insurance will cover sports-related injuries.