Back To School & Back to Sports Medicine

With fall sports practices and games underway, remind your kids to think safety first. According to Safe Kids Worldwide, 62 percent of organized sports-related injuries occur during practice.  In 2013, for example, more than 1.24 million children under 19 years old were seen in emergency departments for injuries related to the 14 most commonly played sports.  As parents and coaches, you can be proactive in helping reduce preventable injuries. Here are a few examples of safety tips to ensure children are well educated with the best sports medicine practices.

Questions To Ask Schools & Sports Programs:

  • Are the coaches qualified in basic first aid training?
  • Is the equipment in working order?
  • Does the school have an AED and someone who knows how to use it?
  • Are locker rooms, gyms and shower surfaces cleaned regularly?

General Sports Safety Tips:

Pre-participation exam – Before participating in any sports, ensure your child receives a pre-participation physical exam to determine their readiness to play and uncover any condition that may limit participation.

Medical history – Complete an emergency medical authorization form that provides guardian contact information, the student’s medical history, and permission for emergency medical care for that athlete in emergency situations.

Hydration – Encourage children to bring their own personal water bottle to practice and games and to drink before, during, and after.

Recovery time – Provide time for R&R between seasons. If your child has just finished one sport for the season and has his or her sights set on a subsequent sport, make sure there is time to rest adequately between seasons. If there isn’t time for recovery, injury can occur.

By following the above tips, you can help reduce the risk of sports injury for your children and also help to prevent any injury that may arise safely and efficiently. For a more personalized plan, or if you would like to schedule an appointment with our sports medicine staff, call us today to set up an appointment with a specialist.