Spring is the time when many children participate in school related or recreational sports. The warmer weather and longer daylight hours allow them more time for these activities. For parents, the top priority is ensuring your children have fun. Unfortunately, while being active is generally good for your child’s health, overlooking certain precautions can increase their risks for serious personal injuries. The following highlights actions you can take to protect them.
National Youth Sports Safety Month
The American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSP) sponsors National Youth Sports Safety Month, which is held during April each year. Through the website StopSportsInjuries.org, they offer important information on injuries that are most likely to occur in a variety of sports, along with ways parents can help protect student athletes. Among the most common types of youth sports injuries include:
Overuse injuries, such as muscle or tendon sprains, strains, and tears
Heat related injuries, which can lead to dehydration and heat stroke
Broken bones, due to falls that occur while playing on hard surfaces
Back, neck, and head injuries, which can happen due to falls or contact with other young athletes
It is important for parents to meet with program administrators and coaching staff in order to review policies and procedures regarding your child’s participation in a particular sport. It is also important to attend regular practices to ensure safety precautions are in place.
Preventing Youth Sports Injuries
According to SafeKids.org, more than 1.5 million children visit hospital emergency rooms each year as the result of sports related injuries. Coaching and administrative staff are responsible for taking the proper safety precautions to ensure accidents and overuse injuries do not occur. However, there are actions you can take to help protect your child. These include:
Get your child a physical before they participate in any sport. Programs should require this.
Ensure your child has adequate access to water during practices and games. Provide their own water bottle and encourage them to use it regularly.
Double check that they are performing the proper stretching and warm up exercises prior to play. Coaching staff should incorporate this during practice and before every game.
Make sure they are given adequate rest periods, particularly in warm weather, and that they are not pushed too hard during practice or games.
When any type of injury does occur, your child should be immediately removed from play. Coaches and officials can be held liable for failing to take the necessary precautions, for not getting young athletes the medical care they need, and for returning them to play too soon.
Contact an Attorney for Help
When sports injuries impact your child, the Surasky Law Firm, LLC can advise you on how to get the compensation they need to recover. Request a consultation to discuss your case and contact our Aiken personal injury attorney online today.