Each year, more than 38 million children and adolescents join an organized sports team or compete individually in the U.S. Unfortunately, of that 38 million, more than 2.6 million children under the age of 19 will suffer a sports-related injury, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. So how do you ensure your child is not one of those 2.6 million?
Because children are at a high risk of sports-related injuries, prevention is key. Most injuries happen as a result of muscle overuse or because your child’s body is still developing. Below are a few ways you can help prevent your child from suffering a sports injury.
- Enrolling your child in an organized sports organization is important. Whether that organization is school, a community club or a recreation center, it’s essential that all coaches and volunteers involved are trained in first aid and CPR. They should also be educated in how equipment is used and be knowledgeable and rigid about the rules of the game.
- Be sure your child uses proper gear for the sport he or she is enrolled in. Correct helmets, gloves, pads, etc. are essential in injury prevention.
- Make sure your child is on time to practices and games so he or she has plenty of time to warm up. Warm ups and cool downs allow your child’s body tissue to become more flexible and for muscles to loosen properly.
- Have water readily available to your child during practices and games. Constantly encourage him or her to drink and stay hydrated. Also, be sure to apply sunscreen for outdoor sports to avoid an overexposure of sun.
If you’re concerned your child has suffered a sports-related injury, contact Medical City Children’s Hospital Urgent Care. Designed exclusively to meet the needs of children, Medical City Children’s Hospital Urgent Care provides quick, efficient service so you can avoid the typical hassle of a doctor’s visit.
Disclaimer: Patients’ health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you or your child.