Sports and athletic organizations are calling for more action to prevent sports-related injuries, particularly amongst younger athletes.
Consider the following:
- 66% of sports-related injuries occur among Canadian adolescents.
- The group sustaining the highest number of sports concussions is between the ages of 12-15
Supervising adults can use these tips to minimize injuries in young athletes:
Head safety starts with wearing a helmet. A snug fit and comfort is critical when choosing a proper helmet. Get the right helmet for the activitysome helmets are made to sustain a single crash (cycling) while others are made to sustain multiple crashes (skateboarding). Lastly, avoid purchasing a helmet that does not have any safety certification markings.
Maintain integrity of playing surfaces. Impact sports should be done on well-groomed turf. Playing fields should be free of ruts or holes that may cause falls.
Be wary of overtraining. Look for symptoms such as increased irritability, difficulty sleeping, cramping, and fatigue. Young athletes are not simply mini-adults. Adequate recovery time, proper nutrition, sleep and encouraging youth to play a variety of sports are all factors that can help reduce overtraining.
We can all do our part to keep our children injury-free and ensure their future as physically healthy adults. Ask your family chiropractor for more tips on keeping children active and safe during sports.