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Sports Safety for Big Kids

Sports Safety for Big Kids

Learn how to keep your kid safe while they play a sportThis is the age when organized and recreational sports can become a big part of a child’s life. To help your child get the most out of sports follow these tips and guidelines.

Top Safety Tips

  1. Before playing organized sports, make sure your child receives a pre-participation physical exam, or PPE, performed by a doctor, or a nurse practitioner or qualified clinician under the supervision of a physician. Whomever performs the exam, the same practices should be followed including the need for a medical history.
  2. Encourage children to drink water before, during and after athletic activities or play. 
  3. Adults should be present at all times to ensure a safe playing environment and the enforcement of safety rules. This is particularly important for younger kids.
  4. An off-season is important. It is recommended that kids get 10 consecutive weeks of rest from any one sport every year.
  5. Make sure your coach is trained in first aid and CPR, and understands how to prevent, recognize and/or respond to concussions and overuse injuries.