Sports are great for children. Sports can help a child's physical coordination, fitness, and self-esteem. Sports can also teach children about teamwork and self-discipline.
But children are more likely get injured when playing a sport. This is because their body is still growing and their coordination is still developing.
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Parents are key players in sports injury prevention among young athletes. To help them with this task, pediatric sports medicine expert and orthopedic surgeon R. Jay Lee provides 10 easy prevention tips for parents.
Most childhood sports injuries occur when:
Kids don’t know what to do to stay safe when playing a sport
Kids don’t have the right equipment to play a sport – or don’t have any equipment at all
Kids aren’t in good physical shape to play the sport
These safety tips can help prevent sports injuries in children:
Children should wear the correct safety gear and equipment.
The playing field or court should be safe.
Team members and teams should be made up of children of similar size, skill level, and physical and emotional maturity.
Children should be physically fit and mentally prepared.
Children practicing a sport should be watched by an adult who enforces the safety rules.
Children should get enough fluids during and after sports.
Sports Injury Prevention
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