There is a lot that can go wrong in the wonderful world of athletics. Cuts, bruises, and broken bones are risks every parent takes when they sign their kids up for sports. These injuries can be treated quickly or avoided all together with the use of the right safety equipment.
Little league baseball and pee-wee football usually provide the necessary helmets, but when your kid goes out for a casual pick-up game it’s good to have one on hand. Concussions are the most serious injury facing athletes both young and old. A stray ball or hard tackle can do lasting damage that your child may never fully recover from. For contact sports such as hockey or football, or high speed activities like bicycling or rollerblading, this piece of equipment cannot be overlooked.
One of the most easily forgotten pieces of safety equipment is the mouth guard. For nearly every sport, these little pieces of rubber can be tongue-saving miracles. According to the American Dental Association, one third of all dental injuries are sports related. Mouth guards can prevent a whole host of injuries such as chipped teeth, cut lips and even concussions.
Running, jumping, kicking, walking - there isn’t a single sport where proper footwear isn’t important. Getting your kids the right shoes for their athletic activity is essential to preventing some of the most common injuries in sports. Not wearing the right shoes for the game they’re playing can put unnecessary pressure on the knees and ankles. The ligaments of the leg are very delicate, especially for young athletes, and putting extra stress on them can lead to fatigue and possibly damage. Know what kind of surface your kids will be playing on make sure they’re wearing the right kinds of shoes.
Not wearing gloves won’t cause the most serious injuries in sports history, but the right pair can ease the stress put on your kid’s hands. A long game of golf can end with a considerable amount of blisters, which can lead to infections. A hand full of painful blisters will also certainly get in the way of your kid playing to the best of their ability... or working on homework.