It’s that time of year again, when the mild temps and sunshine beckon kids of all ages to hit the soccer fields, tennis courts, and baseball diamonds. And while spring is a great time to head outside to get some fresh air and exercise, it’s important to take the proper safety precautions to help keep kids injury free this season.
So before your children dust off those cleats and tighten up their tennis strings, make sure they follow these preventive measures to reduce their risk of being sidelined.
- Whatever sport they’re into, make sure they get plenty of sleep, drink lots of water, and eat balanced meals.
- Make sure your child stays hydrated before, during, and after the game or practice.
- Even if your youth sports league doesn’t require a sports physical, it’s a good idea to check in with your child’s pediatrician to make sure he or she is physically to meet the demands of their particular sport or activity.
- Thoroughly inspect all necessary sports equipment for missing or broken pieces. If your child has equipment from last year, make sure it not only fits, but is intact.
- Start with a proper warm-up and finish with a proper cool-down at each practice and game.
- It’s important to maintain some level of physical activity throughout the year. But if your child has hibernated all winter long, make sure they start slow to prevent injury.
- Teach your children to listen to their bodies. If they feel ill, tired, or if something is hurting, it’s time to take a break.
- Apply sunscreen to all exposed areas of the body, even if the sun isn’t shining.
- And, most importantly, have fun! If a sport is causing your child to get upset, frustrated, or angry, it might be time to consider another activity.
Happy spring, and good luck with all your future Aggies, Long Horns, Mustangs, and all the rest.