Of the thirty eight million children aged zero to nineteen in the United States, more than two and a half million are treated in hospitals for injuries during playing sports. The most common reported injuries are breaks and strains. A sprain is an injury to a ligament. An ankle sprain is the most common athletic injury. A strain is an injury to either a muscle or a tendon. In some more severe cases, this can cause a stunt in growth plates. Heat related illnesses are also very common. It is imperative that children have enough water and fluids in their system whilst playing sports. This can prevent dehydration and even heat stroke. It is helpful knowing that if your child is enrolled in a sport through the school, the coach is responsible in knowing CPR and first aid. He or she should have a plan when it comes to certain injuries.
Make warm-ups and cool-downs a normal routine when your child is active in sports. This will help strains from happening. If your child plays outside and is playing in the hot sun, please make sure to have them wear either a hat (if the sport allows) or sunscreen. There is nothing worse than having a sunburn while playing sports. A good thing to remember if your child becomes injured is the word “RICE”; Rest, ice, compression and elevation.
Common injuries in the game of basketball include sprains,strains, bruises and cuts, as well as some fractures. It is safe to play with eye protection, elbow and knee pads, and mouth guard.
In the game of track and field, common injuries tend to be strains, sprains, scrapes and falls. It is safest to play with proper shoes, wear sunscreen, and drink plenty of water.
Proper coaching is ideal in preventing injuries.
When it comes to football, common injuries can be bruises, strains, tears to certain ligaments, lots of bruises, scrapes, and cuts, concussion, and back injuries. It is ideal that one wears a helmet, mouth guard, shoulder pads, pads, shin guards, proper shoes, sunscreen, and drink water. The proper use of safety equipment can prevent injuries.
When it comes to baseball and softball, the common injuries include: fractures, tissue strains, and sunburn. It is safest to play with a batting helmet, shin guards, elbow guards, cleats, a mouth guard, sunscreen and a hat. To prevent injuries, please warm up before starting to play.
In the game of soccer, commons injuries tend to be headaches, cuts and scrapes, sunburn, and bruises, as well as the occasion sprain. Safest playing with shin guards, athletic supporters for males, cleats, sunscreen, water. To prevent injuries, do different warm ups before starting the game.
In the sport of gymnastics, the common injuries tend to be sprains and strains of soft tissue. Injuries can be prevented by proper warm ups.
Overall physical activity is something our body needs. Encourage kids to get out and get active. Not only does it the heart and soul good, but it helps prevent obesity. It wouldn’t hurt to be certified in first aid and CPR!