May 29, 2018
Participating in sports can give your child a sense of pride and accomplishment, which makes youth sports great for keeping your child happy and active. But it’s important to make sure children take the necessary steps to prevent some of the most common sprains and fractures. Aside from physical consequences, sports injuries may discourage your child from wanting to participate or even hurt their confidence.
Writing for The New York Times, Jane E. Brody notes that “the goal should be to take whatever measures one can to avoid athletic injuries — or at least minimize their severity — and keep kids in the game. First and foremost, that means parents and coaches must create an atmosphere of healthy competition, with an emphasis on cooperation, self-confidence and good clean fun rather than just winning.”
Here are just a few steps to reduce risk of injury:
Follow the rules and gear guidelines for your given sport. A snug helmet for batting or shin guards for soccer can be the key to making sure your child is having a safe and fun-filled time.
Young athletes should pass a pre-participation sports physical exam to ensure they are choosing appropriate sports and don’t have any existing ailments.
Be sure to warm up those muscles before beginning a work-out or game. Doing some light stretches or even walking can prepare you for a safer performance.
Children with a vitamin D deficiency are 3.7 times more likely to sustain an injury or fracture, according to Dr. Pooya Hosseinzadeh, a pediatric orthopedist at Washington University. You can read about how to get enough vitamin D year-round here.