Preventing Children’s Sports Injuries | DC Metro Area Personal Injury Law Blog
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Children benefit from participation in sports by learning to stretch their limits and learning sportsmanship and discipline. But sports participation also carries the potential for injury. Knowing the causes of sports injuries and how to prevent them is an important consideration for children and their parents.
Several factors contribute to children’s sports injuries, including lack of coordination and slower reaction times for younger children, difference in maturation rate for children playing the same sport, and more likelihood of risk taking for children than adults in sports.
Guidelines for parents when considering sports for their children:
Use of Proper Equipment
“Protective equipment should be approved by the organizations that govern each of the sports. Hockey facemasks, for example, should be approved by the Hockey Equipment Certification Council (HECC) or the Canadian Standards Association (CSA). Bicycle helmets should have a safety certification sticker from the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
Also, all equipment should be properly maintained to ensure its effectiveness. In the United States, the National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment (NOCSAE) sets many of the standards for helmets, facemasks, and shin guards. In addition to meeting the NOSCAE standards, all equipment should be properly maintained to ensure its effectiveness over time.”
Maintenance and Appropriateness of Playing Surfaces
“Check that playing fields are not full of holes and ruts that might cause kids to fall or trip. Kids doing high-impact sports, like basketball and running, should do them on surfaces like tracks and wooden basketball courts, which can be more forgiving than surfaces like concrete.”
Adequate Adult Supervision and Commitment to Safety
Select teams and leagues that have the same commitment to safety that you do.
Make certain the team coach has first aid and CPR training.
Coaches should foster good sportsmanship, not win-at-all-costs attitudes.
Coaches should enforce playing rules and require safety equipment.
Children should be matched for sports according to their size, skill level and maturity.
Teach the sport to children before expecting them to play competitively.
Warm-ups and training sessions help reduce the chances of injury.
Fluids and rest during practice and games help reduce the chances of injury.
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