Sports Safety: The Manual Every Parent Needs

Football

Most Common Injuries

Broken, sprained, or strained shoulders and knees, wrists, and fingers

Preventive Measures

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Make sure helmets, shoulder pads, and athletic cups fit correctly and have ample padding. Insist your child always wear a mouth guard to prevent mouth injuries, and a neck collar or neck roll to prevent spine injuries. Let him play only under the supervision of an experienced, safety-conscious coach who teaches proper technique (for tackling and catching, for example), doesn't do excessive drills, and heeds the league's rules.

Often-Overlooked Safety Move

Be sure your child stays hydrated all year round, not just in hot weather. The uniform's heavy padding makes players hot, regardless of the season.

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