Serious injury is never far from a parent’s mind when she watches her child play sports. Just think of the shocking and dramatic injuries we hear about in the media suffered just by children playing football.
On my son’s 11 and under lacrosse team, we already have one player out for the season because of a concussion. This makes me want to wrap my boy in bubble wrap and forbid him from playing sports. Ever.
According to the National Institute of Arthritis, Muculoskeletal & Skin Diseases, more than 38 million children and adolescents participate in organized sports in the United States each year, and still more participate in informal recreational activities. Of those, the CDC says nearly 1.9 million children under 15 were treated in emergency departments for sports-related injuries.
Having a bubble-wrapped couch potato for a kid would not indicate good parenting on my part. While I have to learn to accept that with everything we do comes a little risk, there are proper precautions I can take that will help prevent my children, and yours, from being injured when they play sports.
Following are 9 tips for sports injury prevention outlined by HealthyChildren.org, a site for parents created by the American Academy of Pediatrics: nggallery id=’124066′
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