Playing youth sports are a common childhood rite of passage. Playing sports is one of the best ways to help kids develop self esteem, healthy habits, teamwork and critical thinking skills that will last a lifetime. But playing youth sports isn't all fun and games. Kids can develop injuries -- both acute
-- just like adult athletes. Knowing a few simple precautions is a good way for parents to help their children stay safe and still have fun playing sports.
Here is a sports safety checklist for parents that may help ensure a safe and healthy playing environment for their children who participate in organized sports:
- Does the coach have first aid training and an emergency action plan?
- Is there a safety policy regarding injury, illness, and inclement weather?
- Does the coach have your emergency contact information?
- Do you have contact information for the coach?
- Is there a first-aid kit always on hand?
- Is there available water, hydration at all game & practices?
- Is there a scheduled warm-up and cool down at games and practices?
- Does your child receive guidelines and recommendations about proper safety equipment?
- Is safety equipment required for play?
- Are children allowed adequate rest between games and practices?
- Is sportsmanship, and fair play a core value of the program and the coach?
Any sports program for children should include all of the above components. If not, you may want to talk to the coach or look for another program. Early experience in sports can be the start of a life-long love of physical activity. As parents, you can ensure this experience is safe and fun for all participants.
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