Children's Health and Wellness

Sports Safety for Children

Sports are great for children. Sports can help a child's physical coordination, fitness, and self-esteem. Sports can also teach children about teamwork and self-discipline.

But children are more likely get injured when playing a sport. This is because their body is still growing and their coordination is still developing.

Most childhood sports injuries occur when:

  • Kids don’t know what to do to stay safe when playing a sport

  • Kids don’t have the right equipment to play a sport – or don’t have any equipment at all

  • Kids aren’t in good physical shape to play the sport

These safety tips can help prevent sports injuries in children:

  • Children should wear the correct safety gear and equipment.

  • The playing field or court should be safe.

  • Team members and teams should be made up of children of similar size, skill level, and physical and emotional maturity.

  • Children should be physically fit and mentally prepared.

  • Children practicing a sport should be watched by an adult who enforces the safety rules.

  • Children should get enough fluids during and after sports.

Online Source: National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseaseshttp://www.niams.nih.gov/health_info/Sports_Injuries/child_sports_injuries.asp#tips
Online Editor: Sinovic, Dianna
Online Medical Reviewer: Larson, Kim APRN, FNP
Online Medical Reviewer: newMentor board-certified, academically affiliated clinician
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