Successful children are well-rounded children. They not only are good in school, but they do educational extra-curricular activities and play sports. Many of the activities are completely enjoyable for their parents. The problem arises when kids get injured.
Concussions these days are a major concern. Since football season is in full swing, there are certain things that parents need to be aware of.
Safe Kids Worldwide, in conjunction with the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission’s National Electronic Injury Surveillance System, announced that 1.35 million children are sent to the ER each year for sports-related injuries; one every 25 seconds.
When children get involved in contact sports, many of the sporting associations are now mandating concussion testing termed baseline concussion testing. Once data began pouring in, it was discovered that 12% of all emergency room visits are caused from the top 14 children’s sports.
The research gathered is helping sporting companies to develop more protective sports equipment, but there are limitations to everything. The scary thing is that kids of all age are at risk; from youngsters through high school students.
Statistics reveal that the most popular sports, football, wrestling and cheerleading produce the highest number of concussions. Hockey is the sport that produces the highest number of concussions though.
In addition to concussions, knee injuries are also a major concern for young athletes. Many times knee injuries affect more female than male athletes.
Safe Kids Worldwide has four recommended suggestions that will help parents keep their children safe while playing. The suggestions include:
1. Educate children, parents and coaches about sports injuries, especially concussions. Knowing the signs of a concussion can make or break a child’s future especially if a child goes back to playing too early after a first concussion and gets a second, it could produce detrimental, life-long or fatal outcomes.
2. Teach children to properly hydrate, get plenty of sleep prior to and after playing sports, do warm-up and/or stretching exercises. All of these things will help prevent injury. It is also essential that parents ensure that kids have the proper gear.
3. Parents should encourage their child to speak up if they do get injured as not to acerbate the injury further.
4. Parents should feel confidant to have a conversation with the coaches to make certain that those individuals have the proper training so that they feel as though their child is safe under their guidance. Coaches, in turn, should not feel pressured by parents to keep their child playing even after they have been injured.
Parents should concern themselves with knowing the best prevention methods available for the overall safety of their children. Check out Safe Kids Worldwide to find out how to get more information and protect the children that you love.