Keeping Your Kid Safe with Sports

Kids and Sports SafetyAs the school season begins, kids often become involved in school sports and it can be a lot of fun. But, getting hurt is not. With the help of our team, we came up with five tips ways that can help your child prevent injury during school and keep your kid in the game”

1. Wear Protective Gear.

Wearing safety gear such as helmets, goggles, gloves kneepads etc… Is one of the easiest ways a kid can prevent injury. Protective gear is basically any that can be worn with purpose of keeping you from getting hurt. What gear your child wear will usually depend on which sport he/she plays.

Helmets are usually the most common gear used in many sports.  They protect your head while your playing hockey, football, baseball, biking, skating and softball. There are many other sports as well. It’s important through the natural physical of these sports to have helmets since they usually involve speed and different levels of impact.

Insure that you’re wearing the proper helmet for your sport. For example, do not wear a football helmet if your playing baseball! Your helmet should be easy to put on and fit snugly as well as comfortably. If you have a strap it’s important to fasten it. Otherwise your helmet can fall off during play.

Some sports require mouthgaurds, eye protection, wrist, knee, elbow pads, or even protective cups for boys.  These pads reduce the impact from high-speed impact, falling – as well as any scaring.

Shoes are also important; cleats worn in softball, football, soccer, and baseball require cleats. Cleats have special rubber or plastic spikes on the bottom to help your feet to grip the ground as you run during play.

Make sure you talk to your coach to see what type of gear you need Then wear it during practice help stay safe.

2.Don’t Forget to Warm Up

When playing sports, it’s not a good to immediately start playing without preparation beforehand. Many health professionals recommend taking a light jog to loosen up even before you begin to stretch. This way your muscles are more limber. This way your flexible and relaxed before its time for play.

Stretching is a great way to warm up. Essentially through movement the muscles are warming up. Gradual stretching will lengthen the muscles and increase blood flow -raising your body temperature. As your body warms, it becomes more limber.  Warm ups tend to last for 15 to 30 minutes and include a slow regiment of movements that gradually increase to get your body temperature higher.

3.Understand the Rules of the Game

Just like speed limits on highways prevent crashes for cars and trucks that share the road by all drivers obeying the same rules. Sports work the same way by all having all of their players obey the same rules. When players know the rules of the game fewer injuries typically happen. This is because you and players respect each other to play fairly. Rules are typically there for safety reasons so that the game is enjoyable. For instance, in soccer you cannot run up behind someone and crash into the player’s legs to steal the soccer ball – causing possible injury to the player. This is illegal and unsafe; however, it is legal and much safer to go after the ball rather than the player.

Understanding your roles within the game can go a long way in helping stay safe. If you’re in proper areas of play and stay out of harm’s way you can keep yourself and in the game.

4. Watch Out For Other People Your Playing

Some rules don’t necessarily have to do with scoring points or receiving penalties. Some rules are for protecting people playing and having good sportsmanship. For example, in baseball or softball, the batter should drop the bat rather than throw it before running to first base. If the batter threw the bat it could hit someone. In swimming it’s important to make sure that there was no one in the way before diving to prevent you from landing on someone else. These courteous are there for consideration of others – preventing sports injuries.

Communication with others is key. Watching out for others through commination will help the baseball player avoid a collision with another outfielder by yelling, “I got it”.

Looking and listening to the coach during game can keep you safe. Having someone tell your tools are untied will help prevent you from tripping and falling.

5. Don’t Play if You’re Injured

After a sports injury it’s really tempting to get back and in the game especially when you love sports. Getting right back into the game with an active injury can do more harm than good. Playing when your hurt – before your injury is fully healed can be dangerous. It can lead to an aggravated injury and put you on the sideline and out of the game for a long time.

It’s important that kids be honest with their parents and couches if they are hurt. Seeing a doctor for injuries will be help find the problem and the most effective and safe way to treat the injury. Following his or her advice will help you get back into practice and play the game you love.

Now that you know what kids need to do to be safe, following rules 1, 2,3,4, you hopefully won’t need number 5.

Health Life Media Team

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