The second school lets out for the summer, kids are running rampant with friends, playing sports and neighborhood games and enjoying pool time. With so much time spent outside rough housing, injuries are bound to happen. From scratched knees to chipped teeth, it is important that parents are taking every precaution to prevent bumps and bruises for your child.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), "More than 2.6 million children 0-19 years old are treated in the emergency department each year for sports and recreation-related injuries."
Off these injuries, some of the most common are sprains and strains of joints and muscles, stress fractures, dehydration and mouth and facial injuries. Fear of injury should not keep you from allowing your child to participate in contact and recreational sports programs. But as a parent, there are a number of preventative measures that you can take to protect your child:
- Gear – Whether kids are going into the backyard to play catch or tackling each other in a competitive game of football, it is important that children know the importance of wearing appropriate protective gear. For contact sports, it is always important that children wear a properly fitted mouth guard. The sooner that you can get them into the habit of grabbing a face guard before heading outside, the better.
- Practice – Each sport is different and the skills that you need change depending on what position you play. Be sure that you child knows what he or she should in order to be safe on the field. Kids Health clarifies, "Just as you wouldn't send a child who can't swim to a swimming pool, it's important not to send kids to play a sport that they're unprepared to play. Make sure that your child knows how to play the sport before going out on the field."
- Supervise – You may think that just because your child is under the watchful eye of a coach or neighborhood parent that you don't need to be as attentive. But it is important that whether your kid is out on the field or just riding their bike that you are sure they are getting enough water and being safe. According to the American Sports Education Program (ASEP), only about 10 percent of volunteer coaches are trained and certified in CPR or First Aid.
Like we mentioned above, chipped teeth are a common occurrence among children in sports. To ensure that your child is well prepared for their time outside, make sure they have a properly fitted mouth guard to prevent dental trauma. For kids with braces, you may want to consult your orthodontist for a professional opinion on best practices of prevention. For a consult with pediatric orthodontists in New York City, contact KidsBracesNYC today!