Sports are a great way for everyone to get outdoors and exercise. Unfortunately, children can easily injure themselves during athletic activities. Here are some easy tips to keep your child safe.
Dehydration is a serious issue for athletes. Intensive exercise, heat, and sweating can really dehydrate an athlete. Common dehydration symptoms include headaches, cramping, fatigue, and decreased performance. Heat exhaustion is also an issue for many athletes. Symptoms of heat exhaustion include nausea, dizziness, heavy sweating, cool skin, and cramps.
It is important to remind your little athletes to hydrate. Before an activity, athletes should drink at least 12 ounces of fluid (preferably water) 3o minutes before the activity. During the activity, children should continue to drink water. Bigger and taller children will need to drink more. Drink water about every 20 minutes of the activity. These water breaks should be mandatory whether or not your child is thirsty. Your child may not even realize that he or she needs to hydrate. It is also important to hydrate after the physical activity.
- Heat Illness
If your child experiences heat illness, you need to treat it immediately. Your child may need medical attention if it is severe. If you suspect heat stroke, you should contact the emergency authorities.
To cool down your child, move him or her to a cool place. Give your child cool water or a sports drink. Cool the body. This can be done by sponging the child with cool, wet cloths. Heat illness can be quite severe.
- Protective gear
It is important for every athlete to have protective gear. Sports can be quite intense and physical. Protective gear is designed to protect the wearer. If you aren't sure about the equipment your child needs, ask the coaches or your local sports leagues.
- Warm up and cool down
Warming up and cooling down is an important part of every athletic activity. A warm up can reduce injuries and improve performance. Cool downs also prevent injury. During strenuous activity, the muscles are hard at work. Cool downs help muscles adjust. Make it a habit for your child to warm up and cool down
Every sport has a risk of injury. Contact sports tend to have more risk of serious injuries. Unfortunately, young athletes are often susceptible to injuries. Common injuries for young athletes include stress fractures, broken bones, sprains, and strains
There a couple things you can do to reduce your child's risk of injury. Remember to let your child have a break.Working the body too hard can result in many different injuries. Make sure your child has the appropriate gear. Improperly fitted gear can increase risk of injury. Invest in all the proper gear. Remind your child to do conditioning exercises and to stretch. Conditioning exercises strengthen muscles, and stretching reduces risk of injuries. Proper form also reduces risk of injury.