Bumps and bruises are common for kids who don’t necessarily play sports. We can all probably relate to getting injured when we were kids because we were always running around outside and inevitably we would fall or injure ourselves on something.

However, in youth sports, there are more than one million injuries every year which usually end up with a visit to the emergency room.

The most common injuries in youth sports

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Sprains and strains, fractures, contusions and abrasions are at the top of the list. The thing about these injuries is that they are easily preventable.

On top of that, young athletes will need more time to heal than older athletes. This is bad for them because their bodies are still developing. If they will constantly get injured, then there are going to be more serious consequences later on in their adult life.

How to prevent injuries

  • Physical exam - Before your kids have any contact with sports, make sure that they receive a physical exam. That way, you’ll make sure that they’re healthy and ready to go on the field. Their medical history is important in case they get injured. Their coach needs to be informed about any condition they might have.
  • Warm-up and stretching - Warm-up is so important and it needs to be done before every practice or game. Stretching helps release the tension in the muscles and it prevents injuries, such as muscle tears or sprains, which are extremely common as we’ve seen earlier.
  • Hydration - Staying hydrated is vital when putting in a lot of effort. Make sure that your kids drink water before their practice and after it as well. If kids will feel that they’re thirsty, they will most likely focus only on that, thus being prone to making a move that will get them injured.
  • Sports gear - Don’t think of it as an accessory because it isn’t. Sports gear is very helpful in youth sports and it can even help kids avoid minor injuries or minimize the damage of some major ones. Depending on the sports your kids are practicing, sports gear includes: mouth guards, shoes with rubber cleats, helmets, shin guards or ankle braces.
  • Resting - Rest is as important as warming up and stretching. Overuse injuries can be successfully prevented this way. Any pain or discomfort your kids might have during a game or practice, they need to know that it’s OK to tell their coach about it.
  • No pressure - Don’t put any pressure on your kids to play when they’re tired. If they says they are, then it’s most likely true and the extra physical effort won’t help them.
  • The coaches- They are the people who are responsible for your kids during practice, so make sure they understand the importance of the principles listed above and that they also put them into practice. Attend some practices along with your kids to ensure it is so. Coaches are also the ones who should tell whether one of the kids has some kind of discomfort during practice or during a game.

Keep your kids healthy

Injuries are no fun, so make sure you keep these tips in mind and that you put them into practice, so that your kids can enjoy youth sports as much as they can.

Sometimes, we can’t control whether an injury will happen or not, but in most cases they truly are preventable.

Stay healthy!