Summer Sport Safety Tips for Kids
Summer is a great time for outdoor activities and our kids are ready to have some fun. Our children, full of energy, will go out this summer and play soccer, football, baseball, and basketball and go swimming. While we are excited to see them on the fields, we must deal with safety problems as well. To make sure our kids’ summer is injury-free and full of great memories, here are a few safety tips for summer activities.
Though we all know the importance of drinking water, we often overlook it. Drinking enough fluid in fact improves power and performance. Coaches, instructors, and parents must make sure the students drink before, during, and after the activity. The rule is to drink 5 oz. (or about 10 gulps) every 20 minutes. Prepare extra water and watch for signs of dehydration such as thirst, dizziness, fatigue, nausea, cramps, and headache. Staying hydrated will let the kids stay in the game and perform at their best.
Can you tell if someone is suffering concussion? Educate yourself as well as the kids to recognize the symptoms of concussion. Do you see dizziness, nausea or vomiting, confusion, drowsiness, or memory troubles? Immediately pull the child out of the action to avoid long-term consequences. Coaches and parents, make sure kids don’t think that sitting out and resting is not being tough and persistent enough. Kids might not want to give up today’s game, but another blow at the injury might lead to sacrificing a lot more in the long run. They will be able to return to the field as soon and as healthy as possible without any long-term consequences. “When in doubt, sit it out.”
Following a few simple instructions can save the lives of our children. First, make sure there is a fully stocked first aid kit. Coaches and parents can easily deal with minor injuries at the spot. Be prepared with the contact information of the nearest medical facility and emergency contact information. Before any activity begins, make sure there is a CPR certified person on site and an AED nearby.
For any safety and health concerns, do not hesitate to consult your child’s pediatrician. We hope you have a fantastic summer full of fun and free of pain!