Participation in sports provides children with a large number of advantages. Not only improving physical strength, sportive activities help develop social skills, metal health and academic ability. However, playing sports sometimes causes unwanted injuries which possibly leave long-term sequelae later in life. Therefore, parents have to be the first ones to keep an eye on them and assure them of their safety.


Sport is fun - Make it safe

Here is some of my advice for you.

Prepare well for your kid

Before practicing, make sure your daughter (or your son) is ready. Tell her to bring water and drink it before, during and after the practice. Dehydrate is very dangerous, especially with people taking up sports that require a lot of work.

Also, your daughter has to wear proper sport clothes and gear. Don’t let her put on shirt or pants with laces or hangers, in case they get caught. Some sports will order helmets when others want mouth guards and shin guards so, check if she wears it right or if she lacks anything. Make sure she will have no trouble with her clothes and equipment.

Warm up and cool down

Normally, the coaches will be setting up an amount of time for children to do some warm up. Therefore, remind her to jog and stretch before taking part in the game (just to be sure she HAS to remember). In general, it takes about 10 minutes of jogging and 5 minutes of stretching. These light activities allow to release muscle tension and avoid injuries during practice.

At the end of the practice, she should not rush to get back. Teach her to loosen up her body. Many injuries happen because of the instant cut of activities, such as in athletic. Children had better walk around for 5 minutes so that the body gets used to the new rhythm. One more thing, a pause after an hour of training is highly recommended.

Know the coach

When you first come by to enroll your daughter, remember to say hi to the coach. Follow him to his class and watch how a normal training session would be like. Is he serious? Does he make it hard on others? Does he overwork the children? How does he deal with problem? Does he let them rest during practices? Also, see if he gets certificate in CPR and first aid. And don’t do these things obviously, people usually don’t like that you are investigating them.

Tell them everything.

Tell them that the sport may be not safe, and tell them they can make it safe. Say to her everything you know about sport injuries, and ask her to remember. That dehydration is not good and drinking water is extremely necessary. Teach her to take care of herself, know what to do before and after every training. If she feels headache, stand out right away. If she has double and blurry vision, ask for help right away. The best would be calling the coach, because he has been used to these symptoms and he will help.

Be supportive parents

Like I said, tell her everything. And if you have time, go look up on the Internet (just like what you are doing right now) about injuries during sports and other outdoor activities. There are plenty of methods to make your children injuries free shared by other parents.

You can attend a sports safety lessons in your neighborhood, for example ones held by government or hospital, which provide coaches and parents with ways to keep young athletes healthy and injury free all their training session.