Keep Young Athletes Safe from Injury

The American Academy of Pediatrics reports that young athletes who play multiple sports are more likely to stay active for the rest of their lives and meet their athletic goals. The academy recommends that kids wait until they are at least 15 years of age before focusing on one sport to reduce the risk of injury, and young athletes should take at least three months off from their sport during the year and take one or two days off per week.
Pediatrics, August 2016

Wellness/Prevention: 6 Tips For Injury Prevention In Young Athletes

Wellness/Prevention: 6 Tips For Injury Prevention In Young Athletes:

  1. Take at least 1 day off a week to give your body time to recover.
  2. Take breaks to reduce risk of injury and prevent heat illness.
  3. Use correct gear that is right for the sport and fits properly, and don’t assume because you are wearing protective gear you can perform more dangerous and risky things.
  4. Drink plenty of fluids before, during and after exercise to avoid heat illness. Coaches should reduce or stop practices when heat or humidity is high.
  5. Use proper technique at all times.
  6. Coaches should play it safe and enforce strict rules against head-first sliding, spearing, and body checking, and stop the activity if there is any pain.

American Academy of Pediatrics