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Sport Safety for your Child Athlete
School is back in session and that means sports are starting back up. Know how to keep your children safe on the field
We love to see our kids be active. Participating in school sports is a great way for this to happen. With all of the benefits of school sports, it can be easy to ignore or forget about the dangers they pose. Unfortunately, sports-related injuries are all too common. In fact, Safe Kids Worldwide gathered data that showed, in 2012, 1.35 million children visited the hospital emergency room for sports injuries. Of this number, 47% were children between the ages of 12-15.
Sports like football, basketball, soccer, and baseball tend to have the highest rates of injury. The most common diagnosis ERs see for sports related injuries include:
- Strains and sprains
- Cuts and bruising
Big steps have been taken in schools to help ensure student athletes are as safe as possible. The National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) reports that two-thirds of high schools in the United States now have access to athletic trainers, an improvement over the 40% rate of previous years. NATA, however, believes there is much more that can be done to prevent serious medical conditions related to school sports injuries. NATA recommends schools take the following steps to promote student athlete safety:
- Develop and promote a positive health care administrative system for the athletes.
- Ensure participation in physical examinations prior to sports participation by providing or coordinating them for students.
- Educate athletes on safe practices on and off the field.
- Make sure there are injury and illness prevention strategies in place, including protocol for environmental conditions such as inclement weather.
- Have a plan in place for proper selection and maintenance of all athletic equipment.
- Always have a designated area with the equipment necessary to evaluate and treat injured athletes.
- No matter the sports venue, always have an emergency action plan in place and review it with all athletes and staff.
- Provide and promote psychosocial consultation and nutritional counseling and education for student athletes.
- Educate both student athletes and their parents on the benefits and risks of participating in school sports.
If your child’s school has not taken appropriate measures to keep your student athlete as safe as possible and your child has been injured as a result, contact the compassionate Murfreesboro injury attorneys at Kidwell, South, Beasley & Haley. We are here to protect you and your family. Contact us today online, or call 615-893-1331 to schedule a free consultation.