Safety tips for kids in sports -

Safety tips for kids in sports

Millions of children play organized sports like football, basketball or soccer—and each year, one-third of these kids suffer a sports injury. We have to do a better job of protecting our young athletes, on and off the field.  Here are some tips for doing just that.

Kate Carr is President and CEO of Safe Kids Worldwide, a child safety organization headquartered in Washington D.C.

"Sports injuries could mean anything from a cut, a sprain to a more serious bone break or a concussion," says Kate. "They really do vary in the intensity of the injury and the treatment that's required." 

Dehydration is a common problem Carr sees. In severe cases, it can cause rapid heartbeat, delirium and be life-threatening.

"That physical activity is going to cause you to need more water," says Kate. "So for kids, you're going to want to take about 10 gulps before you're out there playing and you want to drink some water every 15 to 20 minutes while you're engaged in sports and a glass or two afterwards."

But the most serious sports injury Carr says to watch out for is a concussion, which can lead to rapid brain swelling, permanent brain damage or even death.

"For that child who's so eager to get back in the game, what we really want to urge parents and coaches to do is make sure that child seeks medical attention before going back in the game," says Kate.

So if you've got a young athlete in the family, be sure they stay hydrated before, during and after play … and be sure to seek medical attention immediately if there's any chance of a concussion.

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