Safety matters when kids are playing sports

Adult supervision is necessary

  • Adults should be present at all times to ensure a safe playing environment and the enforcement of safety rules.
  • Group children according to skill level, weight and physical maturity, especially for contact sports.
  • Ensure that children follow their coach’s rules for safety and the rules of the sport.

Make sure children are prepared for the demands of playing a sport

  • All children should receive a general health exam before enrolling in a sports program.
  • Provide children with proper training and skills- building when they are learning a new sport, so that they are physically and psychologically conditioned for its demands.
  • Ensure that children drink an adequate amount of liquids while engaging in athletic activities. Provide frequent rest periods during hot or humid weather.

Ask about the safety-related policies of your local sports leagues

  • Coaches and other on-field personnel should be trained in first aid and CPR.
  • Ensure that they follow their coach’s rules for safety and the rules of the sport.
  • Encourage them to practice good sportsmanship at all times.

Appropriate safety equipment is essential to staying safe

  • Children should always wear sport-specific, properly fitting safety gear when participating in sports activities.
  • Protective equipment should fit properly, be well maintained, and be worn consistently and correctly.

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