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.
  • Make sure your child has a physical exam by his or her doctor before starting any sport. 
  • Make sure your child wears all of the protective gear needed to safely participate in a sport. Your child’s coach can help. 
  • Make sure your child knows the rules of the sport to keep 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 any of these signs and symptoms:

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

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 sports-related activities until medically cleared by a healthcare professional 

Concussions take time to heal − don’t rush the recovery process.

Last Updated 09/2012