Now that the weather is warming up and spring is just around the corner, you may be feeling a bit of cabin fever. As a parent, not only do you have your own cabin fever to contend with, but also that of your kids! Spring sports are starting and everyone wants to be outside all of the time. But what do you do when you are more worried about the seemingly inevitable injuries that come with spring and sports than your cabin fever? How do you keep your child injury free during spring sports?
You want your children to be safe. That is the cardinal rule of parenting. However, what do you do when everyone is starting to sign up and participate in spring sports? You do not want your child to feel left out and you of course, want your child to be active. However, since you know how many children suffer from sports-related injuries, you also want your children to be safe.
Keep Your Child Injury Free During Spring Sports
Roughly 40 million children and adolescents are involved in some sort of organized sport. Whether your child is playing a rough sport like football or involved in something that may seem tamer such as dance – injuries can be everywhere. Of those involved in organized sports, 3.5 million suffer from related injuries that are categorized as “severe”.
So what is a worried parent to do?
Keeping your child safe from injuries is as simple as getting involved. No need for the bubble wrap yet…
• Participate. As a parent, it is important to take an active role in your child’s sports involvement. You may not have time to be at every game or practice, but being aware of when your child is at practice or has a game for a specific sport will help you stay alert and prepared. If you know your child has a game on a Tuesday, you can be sure all of the right safety equipment is packed the night before.
• Get educated. The more you know about the sport your child plays – the rules and safety regulations – the better off you and your child will both be.
• Ask questions. Get to know the coaches and staff. Find out what precautions they take to ensure your children are safe. Also, find out if they are CPR certified and what their plan is for a medical emergency.
It is also important to encourage good sportsmanship and positive behaviors. Reinforcing a good attitude during and after the game/practice is a good way to avoid hostile energy.
Lastly, make sure you have quality health insurance to take care of any bumps and bruises that may occur while participating in sports. Contact the professionals at Safeguard Insurance for a no-obligation quote.