How to prevent and treat children’s sports injuries

Saturday mornings spent on a football field, or after-school gymnastic or swimming lessons are an important rite of passage in most kids’ childhoods – and for good reason.

While we know the health benefits of regular exercise, the ever-present risk of injury can be a dampener for parents. However, there are a few simple things every parent can do to reduce risks – as well as things every parent should know in case injury does strike.

Preventing injury:

Doing what you can to prevent injury on the sporting field involves both a bit of preparation and a bit of vigilance. Here are a few things you can do:

  • Make sure your child is wearing the correct safety gear for the sport they’re playing. Helmets, mouth guards, shin pads, wrist guards and so on all have a role to play, depending on the sport. Your child’s coach should be able to provide a list of the correct equipment.
  • Ensure your child stays hydrated. Kids can become so caught up in the moment they forget to stop and replenish, so encourage them to do so.
  • Know what a concussion looks like. We’ve outlined the symptoms further in this article.
  • Don’t be afraid to speak up if you have concerns over the conditions your child is playing in. If you think it’s too hot for a scheduled game of cricket or too cold for swimming outdoors, then trust your gut.
  • Make sure your child is correctly undertaking any warm-up and cool-down exercises. If none have been set, encourage them to do some gentle running and plenty of stretching before playing sport. Cool-down exercises should involve further stretching.

Be prepared:

You’re making sure your child is prepared, so it pays for you to be as well. Here’s a few steps you can take:

  • Make sure you’re up to date with your first aid training.
  • Keep a first aid kit handy in your car.
  • Keep a phone on you, or close to hand.

Know how to treat common injuries:

Sprains: Sprains are best treated using the RICE approach: rest, ice, compression and elevation.

Cuts: Stop the bleeding by applying direct pressure on the area, gently clean the wound, and wrap in a sterile bandage.

Grazes: Clean the wound with water. Pat the area dry and apply a sterile plaster or dressing.

Bleeding nose: Encourage your child to sit up, leaning slightly forward. Apply an ice pack to the injured area.

Concussion: Some tell-tale signs your child might be concussed are if he or she is complaining of a headache or feeling pressure in the head, has lost consciousness, is behaving confused, seeing stars or has become dizzy.  If you suspect your child may have concussion, seed medical help as soon as possible.

Remember, a few bumps and bruises are part and parcel of playing sports – but with a bit of vigilance, you can ensure your child’s best sporting tales are all ones of glory, not injury.

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  • If your child has an accident and breaks a bone, you’ll be prepared.

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