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Parents Can Lower Risk of Sports-Related Injuries
Today’s post is written by guest blogger, John O’Connor – father, outdoorsman, sports enthusiast and passionate about living a healthy lifestyle. Check out his new blog at bloggingwjohno.blogspot.com!Participation in contact sports like football, lacrosse and hockey teach kids the importance of teamwork and sportsmanship, but contact sports like these can also put children at risk for sports injuries. As a parent, it is important for me to know that my child is safe at all times.
In recent years, the National Football League has been trying to improve the safety of players. Since athletes who participate in contact sports like the NFL are at risk for ligament tears, concussions and other injuries, the league has made player safety one of its main priorities. In modifying certain rules like preventing hits on defenseless players, the league hopes to see a reduction in the number of injuries that occur annually in the NFL.
Along with these rule changes, the NFL has recently launched a new campaign called NFL Evolution. The campaign was designed to promote player safety around the league and awareness among parents of children who participate in these sports. As a parent, I am relieved to know that organizations like the NFL have taken the initiative to launch such an educational campaign. The NFL has done their part; it is now our job as parents to learn from their hard work and to educate our children on the proper ways to participate in contact sports.
Injuries like ligament tears, heat related injuries and concussions are all very common injuries that can occur as a result of participating in sports. As a parent, it is important for me to be informed about these issues so that I can learn how to keep my child safe.
Concussions or minor traumatic brain injury are very common in contact sports and occur when the head forcefully makes contact with another person or object. A concussion can result in a headache, confusion, nausea, memory loss and hearing loss. In some situations hearing loss may be permanent resulting in the use of a hearing aid in order to improve hearing levels. Today over 3 million children under the age of 14 participate in organized football. Here are some things that can help you keep your child safe while playing contact sports:
• Wear the appropriate headgear when playing sports like hockey, lacrosse or football
• Wear the right size and fit in helmets and other protective gear
• Prevent children from hitting with their head, educate them on the proper form and technique of hitting.
• Getting immediate treatment when the child has had a concussion
• Make sure your son or daughter has time to fully recover from a concussion before returning back to practice or games.
When thinking of sports-related injuries, the ACL injury is one of the most common. The ACL tear is prevalent in pro, amateur and youth sports. The ACL is essential to providing the proper support to the knee, protecting it from shifting or rotating when a person is running or jumping. Having a properly structured ACL is essential for competing in sports. Here are a few tips on how to prevent ACL tears:
• Athletes must perform specific training drills to master the proper balance and agility
• Strengthening exercises to improve the muscles of the leg decrease the chances of tearing the ACL
• Make sure to perform the necessary warm-ups to keep muscles loose
• Properly stretch the muscles to prevent tightness and soreness
• Seeing a doctor if knee problems persist. It is better to be seen immediately by a doctor rather than waiting and further damaging the knee.
Heat related injuries
Summer months are always fun for our children. Playing with friends, swimming and going on vacations are all normal occurrences in the summer for our family. With the summer time fun comes the summer time heat. In some areas, the temperatures can reach extremely high levels. With the heat, comes the risk of heat stroke. Here are some additional tips on how to protect your child against heat injuries.
• Maintain proper hydration at all times. Not just during games or practices, but also gradually throughout the day leading up to the sporting event.
• Make sure the child has water and sports drinks accessible at all times.
• Wear light clothing at all times, to let the body breathe and sweat properly.
• Use sunscreen consistently
• Make sure the child isn’t working out at the hottest times of the days.
Sports are great activities for our children to participate in but we, as parents have to keep them safe. We have to make sure that our children are properly equipped and protected at all times to prevent not only the injuries mentioned in this article but many more as well. Following these rules and tips mentioned above can help protect our children while playing sports.Published on April 29, 2013 · Filed under: ADVICE;