Wellness - Safety/First Aid | 6-18 yrs

Sports Safety: Injuries And Prevention

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"Safety First" is "Safety Always." — Charles M. Hayes.

Participating in sport is very important for the physical and emotional development of children. Sport helps children learn many things like discipline, communication and team spirit. But as children are less coordinated and have slower reaction times, sports injuries are common among children. Some of the common sports injuries are sprains, strains, bone injuries and repetitive motion injuries. Fatigue, falls, impact, improper equipments and increased activity are some of the factors that cause sports injuries.

The fear of their children getting hurt while playing should not prevent parents from not letting their child play. It is not always possible to prevent children from injuring themselves while playing, but you can teach them preventive measures and first aid. You can teach them how to avoid injuries as a part of playing by the rulebook. Knowing the rules of a game well can also help in preventing injuries.

Discussing sports safety in detail with your child and making her understand its importance also helps. According to an article titled ‘Sports Safety Tips for Kids’ written by Eloise Porter in Healthline, “Awareness of the risks involved in sports is the first step to preventing injury. With the proper knowledge, equipment, and training, a child can avoid injury and increase their enjoyment.”

Some simple measures like proper warm up and cool down exercises can help prevent sports injuries. Also beneficial are the use of safety equipments like helmets, pads and guards while playing. Familiarise your child with the practice and use of these equipments.

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Facts About Sports Injuries

“Sports injuries” are injuries that happen when playing sports or exercising. Some are from accidents. Others can result from poor training practices or improper gear. Some people get injured when they are not in proper condition.

Top Ten Causes Of Sport Injuries

A multitude of situations can result in a sports-related injury. Being aware of the risk factors goes a long way in preventing them.

Dealing With Sports Injuries

Knowing the rules of the game you're playing and using the right equipment can go a long way toward preventing injuries. Here are some key points to know about common sports injuries.

Broken Nose (Nasal Fracture)

A broken nose (nasal fracture) usually occurs from an athlete getting hit on the nose by either an opponent or by any sports equipment such as hockey sticks, baseballs, or softballs.

First Aid For Muscle And Joint Sports Injuries

The five-step process for treating a muscle or joint injury such as an ankle sprain is called "P.R.I.C.E." which is short for Protection, Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation.

How To Prevent 5 Of The Most Common Sports Injuries

You know the positive effects sports can have on a kid’s physical health and self-esteem. However, you may also worry about the possibility of injuries. Here are some tips to prevent these injuries.

Sports Safety For Children

Children should be able to enjoy sports. However, since children are less coordinated and have slower reaction times than adults, most sports are high-risk for kids who are not prepared.

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