Playing sports is ideal for your child’s physical, social and emotional development. Injuries are a reality in every type of sport. With care and education, many sports injuries can be prevented. When your child is engaged in an individual or team sport, it is important to teach these four safe sports practices.
Providing Proper Protective Gear
As a parent, you can provide your child with the proper protective gear for the sport that he or she is playing. It is also important to show your child how to correctly use the gear. Work with your child to ensure that gear such as helmets, face masks and knee pads are carefully stored and inspected before and after use.
Seeing a Nurse for Sports Injuries
If your child gets hurt while playing sports, a visit to the nurse is a good idea. Nurses are trained in the practice of triage. The nurse can assess your child’s vital signs, behavior, and injuries. If the nurse finds that your child has an injury requiring immediate care, the treatment will be facilitated as quickly as possible.
Watching for Signs of a Concussion
A concussion is a common sports injury that your child could experience in many different activities. Getting hit in the head by a ball, bat or another piece of equipment could cause this injury. A head-on crash with another player or a fall to the ground could also result in a concussion. It is important to teach your child and learn for yourself about the signs of concussion. The symptoms include confusion about what happened, slurred speech, fatigue, disorientation about time and place, and loss of balance.
Some kids want to keep on playing without stopping to report an injury. Teach your child to report all injuries to the sports coach or referee. It is the coach’s or referee’s responsibility to ensure that your child is properly assessed, is given a period of rest or taken out of the game in order to avoid a second injury or worsening of the problem.
While you might want nothing more than for your child to win, his or her health is the top priority. If your child is injured, a prompt medical assessment is key to his or her safety. Take the time before each sports event to use the right equipment, inspect the facility and check the equipment for wear and tear. These few minutes could make the difference in playing safely.
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