Sports Safety

sports-safety-baseball-player-200x150The National Youth Sports Safety Foundation reports that more than 5 million youth athletes are seen and treated in hospital emergency rooms each year due to sports-related injuries.

Here are some tips for children who are playing sports.

  • Before starting any sport, make sure your child has a physical exam done by his or her provider.
  • Make sure your child wears all of the protective gear needed to safely participate in a sport. Your child’s coach can help you with this. 
  • Make sure your child knows the rules of the sport to keep him or her safe. 
  • Proper hydration is the key to prevent sports-related heat illness. Have your child drink liquids before or during all athletic activities.  
  • Coaches and other adults assisting the team should know CPR and first aid to help out in an emergency.

A concussion is a brain injury and should be taken seriously. Your child may have a concussion if he or she shows some of these signs and symptoms:

  • Is confused
  • Acts different than usual
  • Has a headache
  • Repeated vomiting
  • Moves clumsily
  • Can’t recall events just before or just after a hit or fall
  • Shows behavior or personality changes
  • Is dazed 
  • Loss of consciousness (even briefly) 

If you suspect your child has a concussion:

  • Pull him or her out of the game.
  • Get medical attention right away.
  • Keep your child out of the game until medically cleared by your provider. 

Concussions take weeks to heal − don’t rush the recovery process!

If your child is suspected to have a concussion, call the Cincinnati Children’s Head Injury Clinic at 513-803-HEAD (4323).


Last Updated 04/2015