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Sports Safety

Participating in sports is great for children both physically and psychologically. Sports can increase a child's physical coordination, fitness, and self-esteem. In addition, sports can teach children about teamwork and self-discipline.

However, because children's bodies are still growing and their coordination is still developing, children are more susceptible to sports injuries. Approximately 3.5 million children ages 14 and younger are treated for sports-related injuries each year.

Most childhood sports injuries occur due to the following factors:

  • Lack of education and awareness about safety precautions and potential injury
  • Inappropriate or lack of equipment
  • Improperly conditioned children

The following are safety precautions recommended to prevent sports injuries in children:

  • Children should wear appropriate safety gear and equipment.
  • The playing environment should be safe.
  • The sport should be properly practiced with children of similar size, skill level, and physical and emotional maturity.
  • Children should be fit and mentally prepared.
  • Children practicing a sport should be supervised by an adult who enforces the safety rules.
  • Children should stay hydrated during and after sports.

Many different sports-related injuries require clinical care by a physician or other health care professional. Listed in the directory below are some, for which we have provided a brief overview.

If you cannot find the information in which you are interested, please visit the Safety and Injury Prevention Online Resources page in this website for an Internet address that may contain additional information on that topic.

 
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