June is Safety Awareness Month

So I am sharing some summer sport safety tips to keep your child playing hard all summer long!

Protective Gear –Helmets are obviously the number one used protective item.  And most parents are sure to buy them for their kids when they get new bikes, scooters, or skateboards.  However, as your child’s skill set and confidence grows, he/she may be more likely to stop wearing a helmet, or stop wearing it correctly.  Regularly check-in with your kids and re-emphasize the importance of continuing to use helmets, and of fastening the straps.  Wearing a helmet with an unbuckled chinstrap is like not wearing a helmet at all.

Warming Up –Your job as a parent is to set your child up for a win –literally and figuratively.  Arriving prior to a practice or game with enough time to allow your child to jog for a few minutes and stretch will ensure your child’s body is set up to win.  Slow, gradual stretching helps lengthen muscles and increases circulation and muscle temperature. That way, your child’s muscles are ready to go and are much less likely to get hurt.

Staying Hydrated –When compared to adults, kids are at an increased risk of becoming dehydrated.  In part, because their bodies are less effective at sweating yet they can produce more heat during exercise.  And I’m sure you know from watching your kids play, they often get so wrapped up in what they’re doing that they forget to break for a drink.  That’s why it’s important for parents to help them stay hydrated.  Look for creative ways to encourage your child to drink water throughout the day and at meal times, not just during physical activity.

Don’t let them Play when they’re Injured -This is a really important one. If your child loves sports, it’s tempting to let him/her get right back in the game, even after an injury. But allowing them to play when they’re hurt — or before an injury has had a chance to fully heal — is a bad idea. It can lead to an even worse injury, one that might sideline him/her for a very long time.  You should seek appropriate medical care, but you can also look into ways to help your child heal faster!  MicrocurrentHealing has helped many student athletes get back on the field, MUCH faster than if they had only followed their doctor’s orders for ice, rest, and elevation.  Click here to read about this amazing, safe, and non-invasive technique.

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