National Youth Sports Safety Month
For most of the U.S., April brings warmer temperatures and the hope of summer just around the corner. Spring baseball begins, and athletes across many sports are preparing for tryouts for fall sports. But many in youth sports will suffer concussion or other injuries this spring and summer.
April is National Sports Safety Month, set aside to draw attention to preventing injury and rehabilitating those that do occur.
Stanford Children’s Health estimates that 3.5 million children each year suffer a sports-related injury, which represents over 10% of the 30 million U.S children involved in organized sports programs. That’s one injured child every 6.7 minutes.
As you taxi your kids from one sport to the next this spring, keep these tips in mind to avoid injury:
Physical Fitness Screening.
- At least once per year, and before going back to sports after an injury, have your child’s physical health screened. Your physician can catch early warning signs that could develop into injury later on.
Stretch those muscles!
- Make sure your child understands the importance of stretching, and that only warmed muscles should be stretched. Your child should stretch for at least five minutes prior to, and again after, every practice or game.
Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!
- Water keeps the body working at its best! For best results, begin hydrating the day before the game!
Keep your head in the game!
- It’s not just an idiom; your child’s ability to stay focused on the task at hand means she is in the right place at the right time. This not only prevents injury, it makes the game more fun! If your child struggles to focus, contact LearningRx to have your child’s cognitive skills assessed and improved.
Establish a baseline.
- Previously reserved only for professional athletes, more schools and recreational sports leagues are providing or recommending cognitive baseline testing. This tool allows you to measure any loss that may occur due to concussion or other injury. LearningRx provides baseline testing, which your child can take online at home.
Annual Cognitive Exams.
- Doctors indicate that annual cognitive checkup is just as important as a physical one. Once your baseline is established, stay on top of your child’s cognitive development to catch injuries in the early stages.