Sports Safety: The Manual Every Parent Needs


Most Common Injuries

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

Preventive Measures


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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