Preventing Childhood Sports Injuries
Use of appropriate safety equipment is essential.
Children should always wear sport-specific, properly fitting safety gear when participating in sports activities.
Make sure children are prepared for the demands of playing a sport
All children should receive a general health exam before enrolling in a sports program
Provide children with proper training and skills-building when they are learning a new sport, so that they are physically and psychologically conditioned for its demands
Ensure that children drink an adequate amount of liquids while engaging in athletic activities. Provide frequent rest periods during hot or humid weather
Adult supervision is necessary
Adults should be present at all times to ensure a safe playing environment and the enforcement of safety rules
Group children according to skill level, weight and physical maturity, especially for contact sports
Ask about the safety-related policies of your local sports leagues
Coaches and other on-field personnel should be trained in first aid and CPR