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Preventing Student Sports Injuries

Steve Wagner

Safe Kids Worldwide, a non-profit agency for promoting safety among our nations children, recently conducted a survey involving students and sports injuries.

According to the survey, no matter what type of sports the kids are involved in, there is a dangerous gap between safety requirements and the number of serious injuries occurring in children and teenagers.

The survey revealed that as many as 42% of students have hidden an injury during a game in order to keep playing, and even more students admit to knowing someone else who has done the same. 54% of students revealed that they have played with an injury, but many did not want to be taken out of the game, for various reasons.

On top of these alarming statistics, 53% of coaches say they have felt pressured by parents or students to continue letting an injured student play.

As our students start back into fall sports, make sure you take a few minutes to secure their safety for the season. Here are a few tips to help keep your kids safe on the field:

  • Take a few minutes to speak with their coaches and any assistants that might be working with the team. Emphasize how important safety is to you as a parent, and how you will never be upset or frustrated if a coach takes your child out of a game because of an injury.
  • Bring up the topic of injuries with other parents. There is a lot of misinformation about concussions and other sports injuries, and you may save a child’s life just by helping to spread some correct information and open up a dialogue about it.
  • Talk to your kids. Make sure they know how important it is to sit out if they are injured, and how crucial it is to give their bodies time to heal and recover so they can continue to play. Talk about the effects of long-term injuries, and let them know you will never be disappointed if they have to miss play-time because of an injury. Emphasize that their health is more important than any game.
  • Stay alert. If you think your child may have suffered an injury during a practice or a game, it is always better to be safe than sorry. The symptoms and signs of a concussion or other type of brain injury can be mild at first, and it is always a good idea to get a head injury checked out by a medical professional.

If your child has suffered a serious sports related injury due to the fault of another person, the personal injury lawyers of Wagner Reese may be able to assist you with your case. Give us a call at (888) 204-8440 to sit down with us for a free consultation.

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