Playing sports is great for children and adults. It has both physical and psychological benefits. Sports can increase physical coordination, fitness, and self-esteem. They also teach important lessons about teamwork and self-discipline.
But children are at risk for sports injuries. That’s because their bodies are still growing and their coordination is still developing. Many children ages 14 and younger are treated for sports-related injuries each year. Half of all of those injuries can be prevented with proper use of safety gear and changes to the playing environment. Following sports rules can help prevent injuries, too.
Most sports injuries occur due to the following:
Lack of education and awareness about safety precautions and potential injury
Inappropriate or lack of equipment
Poorly conditioned players
These are general safety precautions to help prevent sports injuries:
Wear the right safety gear and equipment.
Make sure the playing environment is well lit and appropriate for the sport in question.
Enforce safety rules.
Stay hydrated during and after sports.
Take breaks while training and during games to prevent overuse injuries.