• Tell your child to abide by the rules of the sport.
• Schedule a physical examination to make sure your child is cleared to participate in physical activity.
• Purchase the proper apparel and protective gear for your child.
• Instruct your child to warm up and stretch before and after playing a sport.
• Make sure your child drinks plenty of fluids before and during the sport.
• Don’t let your child play if they are extremely tired or in pain.
If your child experiences any pain or discomfort following a game, prompt treatment can often prevent a minor injury from becoming worse. If you notice the following warning symptoms, consider scheduling a doctor visit:
• Inability or decreased ability to participate in the sport
• Visible deformity, such as a shoulder out of joint
• Severe pain in the extremities
Keeping these tips in mind will ensure that your children stay safe and healthy whenever they participate in a sport.