Stay on top of safety this season
A report released by Safe Kids Worldwide analyzed data from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission's National Electronic Injury Surveillance System to determine sports-related injuries and trends. According to the data, 1.35 million children are sent to the emergency room each year for injuries from sports.
Safe Kids Worldwide recommends parents and kids follow a few strategies to stay safe on the field this season:
- Parents and coaches should work as advocates for safe play, and should encourage kids to stay hydrated, get plenty of sleep, perform warm-ups and regularly stretch.
- Many kids playing sports will keep injuries a secret so they can play in important games, but adults should provide support and explain to kids that they need to speak up about aches and pains.
- Education is key for parents, kids and coaches. It's important to spread information about symptoms of injuries, especially concussions, which can go unnoticed. Parents should attend informational sessions and clinics to stay on top of research.
"A lot of parents don't know what they don't know," Paul Kasper, director of sports medicine at Virtua, told The Inquirer. "The consequences are injuries or lost opportunities - with academics and athletics."