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Monday, September 29, 2014

6 Tips to Prevent Kids Sports Injuries This Fall

Are your kids participating in a sport this Fall? Sports injuries during this time of year are serious business, and now is the best time to get started on prevention.

Why is prevention important?

Over 30 million children and adolescents participate in sports. According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than 2.6 children 0 to 19 years old are treated in the emergency department each year for sports and recreation-related injuries.

While the benefits of participating in a sport far outweigh the risks, it's important to recognize the risks so that you are able to minimize them as best you can.

6 Steps to Take to Reduce Sports Injuries
  1. Make sure they have frequent water breaks to prevent dehydration and overheating. 
  2. Have kids wear appropriate equipment, from the right shoes to safety great that is properly fitted. 
  3. Limit the number of teams your child plays with in one season to reduce over-use injuries.
  4. Get them a preseason check-up from your doctor.
  5. If they are in pain or tired, have them take a break.
  6. Make sure the rules of the game are always followed.
For information on Fall sports injuries check out the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) website. And keep up with Texas Orthopedics news by following us on Facebook and Twitter (@TexasOrthopedic). 

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