While it may still be summer, it is already time to think about the fall sports that your kid is going to enroll in. When considering the fall sports to participate in, it is important to discuss safety measures with your child. Schools and coaches are very good about child safety, but it is important for a parent to have these conversations as well. Here are a few safety tips for fall sports.
1. Proper Gear is Essential
It does not matter what age your child is, wearing the proper gear is essential to participating in sports. If baseball and football are two fall sports options, it is vital to wear helmets, and proper body padding in the case of football. Even when kids are playing among themselves in friendly games, it is better to be wearing protective gear.
The school might be providing gear for children, but it is a good idea to buy it yourself. Not only will this make wearing the gear more appealing to your kid, but it is more likely to be equipment of the right size.
2. Drink Plenty of Water
The one thing most kids are lazy about is drinking enough water. While fall is a lot cooler than the summer, temperatures can be hot during the months of August and September. Ensure that your kid drinks plenty of water while he/she is at home, and remind them to do the same at school. Also advise against over drinking right before or after a sporting activity.
3. Physical Examinations are Important
Your school might not think it is essential, but getting a physical check up for kids is very important. If your kid is at an age where they are going to start playing sports, these check ups are vital. Check ups will reveal any allergies, injuries, or medical conditions that need to be monitored. It is better to be safe rather than sorry when it comes to the health of your child.
4. Be Prepared for Anything
If you are accompanying your kid to practice or a sporting event, be sure that you are ready for an emergency. Keep a small first aid kit in the car, and be sure to check where the nearest hospital is. Even the most innocuous of incidents can result in serious accidents, such as concussions, excessive bleeding, or deep cuts. Remain calm when such an incident occurs, and take your child to the hospital as soon as possible.