Back to school means back to sports and back to bruises. As your kids prepare to strap on those cleats, make sure they are ready for the game with these 10 sports safety tips.
Let’s Get a Physical
First things first, every student and professional athlete alike should have a yearly medical exam and an orthopedic screening to reveal any medical conditions that could limit their participation.
You don’t want to break a leg, which is why the most important safety tip is to wear your protective sports gear. Wearing the right protective equipment for your sport will help prevent any serious injuries from occurring.
Keep It Clean
Not only should you keep your plays clean, but you should keep your uniform looking spiffy as well. Skin diseases such as ringworm can be easily spread from improperly cleaned and sterilized equipment, clothing, and locker rooms. Keep it clean and your little athletes will be healthier and smell better.
Watch Your Head
It is important to know the warning signs of a concussion and to treat them properly. When in doubt, take the bench. It’s better to sit out the game than risk any concussion-related health issues. You should seek medical attention immediately if you think you have a concussion.
Meal of Champions
A balanced diet is essential to any athlete, especially growing ones. Improper nutrition, or a lack of hydration, can cause young athletes to feel sluggish and inhibit their sports performance, which can increase their likelihood of injury. Remember to eat foods that are rich in calcium to support strong bones.
Water, Shade, and Breaks
Educate yourself about the warning signs of heat-related illnesses. Make sure you get plenty of shade, water, and rest in between games or practices. Bring multiple bottles of water to stay hydrated. You don’t want to miss the goal; stay hydrated.
What’s the Escape Plan?
In case someone does get injured, plan ahead to have someone available to provide immediate, on-field care. Often times this can be an athletic trainer or a parent with medical/ first-aid training. Make sure your sports team has an emergency action plan in case of serious injury.
Guard Your Heart
Even young athletes can suffer from sudden cardiac arrest. Make sure you have access to an on-site defibrillator and, more importantly, you know how to use it. Prevention is the best cure; be sure to have your athlete’s heart health checked during their yearly medical exam.
Check Out the Coach
You can’t be there for every practice and game, so make sure you leave your child in safe hands. Check with state, conference, or league rules to see what credentials your coach may need for their specific sport. They should also have CPR, AED and first-aid training. Also, make sure your child’s coach has a plan to deal with emergencies before an emergency happens.
Switch It Up
When the season ends, have your child take time off from one sport and try another. Using different muscles and skills is a great way to prevent overuse injuries such as shin splints, runner’s knee, torn ACL or chronic joint pain.
The physicians and staff of Alabama Orthopaedic Clinic are here to help you with any sports injury needs. Call 251-410-3600 for more information or visit us at www.alortho.com and make an appointment.
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