Sports Injury Prevention Tips

Playing it safe
Sports injury prevention tips that work

Sitting on the sidelines at your child’s sports event can be fun — and scary.  Sports help children and adolescents keep their bodies fit and feel good about themselves. However, the more contact in a sport, the greater the risk of injury.

Most injuries occur to ligaments, tendons and muscles. Only about five percent of sports injuries involve broken bones. To keep your kids injury-free, have them follow these preventive tips:

  • Wear the correct protective gear, such as kneepads, shin guards and helmets.
  • Increase flexibility by stretching before the activity starts.
  • Strengthen muscles with conditioning exercises.
  • Take breaks during practice and games.
  • Drink plenty of fluids.

Source: American Academy of Pediatrics