Youth Sports Safety

For National Youth Sports Day, we’re going to discuss the popular sport, football, and how your kids can get involved while staying safe.

Gear Up!

Football is a contact sport, and when you add in tackling and physical contact, it can be a recipe for sprains and strains. To make sure your child stays safe, it is imperative that they get the protective gear they need. In general, it is a good idea to have:

  • Shoulder pads
  • Knee pads
  • Hip and thigh pads
  • Jockstrap and a cup
  • Gloves
  • Helmets
  • Mouthguards
  • Additional head and neck protection if your child is a goalie

Get the Most Out of Your Practice

Before every big game are hours of team practice, so while your football star is in training, make sure they’re picking up the right habits to get the most out of their warm-ups and scrimmages. Encouraging certain healthy habits at home can help teach everyone in the family how to take care of their bodies. Making sure your child drinks plenty of water everyday can be a good step to making sure they stay hydrated during practice. You can also encourage warm-ups and cool-down stretches by doing some stretches at home before practice even begins or after practice is over. Keeping the muscles warm and limber is a good way to protect your child from sprains and strains, because it keeps each muscle group flexible and improves blood circulation.

Starting some of these habits at home can encourage your kids and teenagers to get the most out of their practices, and that will make them better equipped to play in every game this season.

Be the Star of the Game

Being a talented football player means more than just running the fastest or having the best throwing skills. It means showing up to every practice and following the rules. For a lot of children growing up, getting competitive can make it hard to lose, but losing one game doesn’t have to be the end of football! Make sure you teach your kids how to be good sports and be able to shake their competitors’ hands no matter who wins. All sports should be a fun outlet for your kids, so if you notice them feeling too competitive or getting stressed over games, then talk with them about how to make football more fun.

During games, it is also important for players and parents alike to watch out for any accidents and injuries. Even when you follow every rule of the game, players can fall or collide and there is always a risk that someone might get hurt. Look for limited movement or bad bruising, which can be signs of severe injuries. If someone is hit in the head, then it is very important to watch for any signs of concussion in players. If parents and teammates are both on the lookout, then it can help everyone have a better game.

In the event of any sports-related accidents or injuries, it is always advised that parents seek emergency care for their child. Oklahoma ER & Hospital is open 24/7, even on holidays ready to treat children of all ages.

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