As parents, we want to protect our children, so when it comes to them participating in sports, it’s difficult for parents not to think about the possible injuries that could occur. But you can’t spend the season fearfully, hiding your eyes every time your child is in the game! Today, Dr. Hubert Lee at CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists in Bellevue, WA, shares 3 tips to help protect your children from sports injuries.
Follow these tips to keep your son or daughter from joining you on the sideline:
- Urge them to practice.Working on proper form and practicing the necessary skills are important to staying safe while participating in sports. Warming up before activity and gradually building up your child’s fitness level can help avoid injuries in young athletes.
- Keep an eye on the weather. Ensure that your child is dressed properly and prepared for the day’s weather conditions. This will help avoid muscles becoming tight in the cold or overheating in the hot weather. Layers work best so children can put on or take off what they need. It’s also a great idea to keep gloves, hats, and extra clothes and socks in your child’s game bag. And don’t forget the water bottle!
- Get them the right protective gear.Make sure your child has all the protective equipment needed for their sport, including the appropriate footwear. Check their gear regularly to make sure it is in good condition and all still fits properly. Also, make sure your child is wearing their equipment the right way; a broken shin guard is not much protection!
While it might be less nerve-wracking if children just stayed with non-impact activities, like competitive reading or chess, kids just love sports. And let’s face it, parents enjoy watching their children participate, even if injuries are possible. By taking these steps to protect your child athlete, you can enjoy a little more peace of mind!
Because nothing is foolproof, if an injury does occur, be sure to contact Dr. Hubert Lee and his team at CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists in Bellevue, WA. You can schedule an appointment online or by calling us at 425-455-0936.
We’ll get your child the care they need to get back in the game, and you can go back to cheering them on!