Spring Sport Safety: Remember this Before Your Child Hits the Field

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Spring has finally arrived, after all of the snow and cold weather we have experienced. While athletes dust off their cleats, jerseys, and gloves after a long winter, don’t forget another important part of spring training. Before your child dusts off their cleats, jerseys, and gloves to return to the field this spring, keep these tips in mind to keep them safe.

See your doctor

A sports physical can help determine if a child is physically ready to play ball or any other sport. It may also uncover a previously unknown condition that could prevent a child from playing. It is important for a parent to accompany child and provide medical history to the doctor. Many schools and leagues require a sports physical before they allow children to participate. Contact your child’s school or league for any necessary forms.

Check the equipment

Before heading out onto the field, go through last year’s helmets, gloves, and all other equipment. Look for any signs of wear on safety gear and make sure all of the equipment functions properly. Remember shoe sizes change quickly and last year’s athletic shoes probably need replacement. Now is also a good time to locate and update all of your first aid materials and to make sure the team’s first aid kit is properly stocked.\

Safety first / Concussions

Concussions are brain injuries caused by a blow to the head or body that jars or shakes the brain inside the skull. They can happen at any time but they are more common in individuals who play contact sports. Concussion symptoms can often be subtle and not immediately noticeable, so it’s important to be vigilant.

Symptoms of a concussion include:• Dizziness• Headache or feeling pressure in the head• Temporary loss of consciousness• Slurred speech• Nausea/vomiting• Confusion• Ringing in the earsIf you notice these symptoms in your child, seek the treatment of a medical professional immediately.Spring sports are meant to be fun. With a little planning, you can make them fun and safe for all.

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