It’s National Youth Sports Safety Month, and it’s the perfect time to make sure you’re ready to enroll your little ones in summer sports.
Before your kids play organized sports, make sure they have a physical exam with their doctor that clears them to play sports safely.
Your children should always have a water bottle at practice and games, especially during the summer heat. Help them stay hydrated before, during, and after play.
Stretching before exercise and sports can help release muscle tension and prevent injuries like sprains and muscle tears. Make sure your athlete gets to warm up before playing.
Rest is important on your growing kids’ bodies. It’s recommended that kids take at least 1 day a week off from a particular sport.
A coach on the team should be certified in first aid and CPR, understand concussions, and help players avoid overuse injuries. Kids should also feel safe with their coaches, not just motivated.
If you’re a parent, consider hosting an event that spotlights safety by inviting a trainer, physical therapist or other health professional to speak with players, parents, and coaches about safety.
You can always look to your sport’s governing body or even local sporting goods stores for health and safety guidelines and resources. If you hold gear swaps, make sure you know which equipment is safe to reuse.