This week on social media, we gave you some important tips for sports safety and keeping your kids healthy and safe this year. Accidents do happen, but there are some ways to protect them!
First up, makes sure they get a sports physical, or PPE, that can rule out conditions that could put your young athlete at risk.
Make sure they and their coaches always have their emergency contact info and anything they need to treat a condition, like asthma inhalers.
Make sure that kids have time to warm up and stretch major muscle groups for at least 10 minutes before practices and games.
Always send your kids with a water bottle. It’s good to hydrate 30 minutes before and every 15-20 minutes during activity.
Learn the symptoms and signs of a concussion. Sideline the player and get help from a medical professional right away.
Rest should be a priority. They should have a day or two off from their activities each week. If they’re hurt, they shouldn’t play to give them plenty of time to heal.
Be supportive parents. Go to a sports safety clinic in your area to learn more and make sure that you support them if or when it hurts too much for them to play. And of course, be their biggest cheerleader!