Spring is here. The weather is getting warmer, and yes, spring sports are in full gear. That’s why April is National Youth Sports Safety Month. This month helps create awareness of protecting youths from sports injuries, including oral traumas, which can happen when not using a custom mouthguard.
More than 3.5 million children aged 14 years and under receive medical treatment for sports injuries, according to Safe Kids USA. Most of these injuries include sprains, muscle strains, bone or growth plate injuries, repetitive motion injuries, heat related injures and of course head injures (concussions and mouth traumas).
Sports safety includes having the right safety gear such as a helmet, pads, gloves, and mouthguards. Using the right equipment correctly decreases that chances of injuries while letting children enjoy playing sports.
Now with childhood obesity epidemic, it’s even more important to stress physical activity in children. Sports are a great way to promote healthy activity, however, the catch 22 comes with sports injuries. While most injuries are not life threatening, injures can become quite expensive. Emergency room trips, minor surgeries or even a loss of teeth can end up costing much more than buying the right equipment and ensuring the overall safety of children.
Here is a short checklist to use to prevent youth injuries during activities:
- Check the athletic grounds for hazards like rocks, holes or water.
- Equip children with appropriate and properly sized/adjusted protective gear for practices and games.
- Get your child a sports physical before he/she starts the season.
- Actively supervise children during play.
- Ensure responsible adults know and enforce the safety rules of the sport,
- Have supervisors present to provide supervision and are trained in first aid and CPR.
- Providing children with adequate rest breaks during practice and games.
Now is the month to get in the habit of ensuring the right protection during sports. One of the best ways to do that is using the right protection equipment, such as a custom fit mouthguard.
Equipped with the the right protection, such as a mouthguard, your children can enjoy the outside weather and play ball!