In Jacksonville, Florida and the rest of the Sunshine State, children are injured every day playing sports in school and at the local park. I recently read a great article that gave simple but informative tips on assessing or evaluating the child to determine the severity of the injury. Ideally, it would be best if there was a doctor on the spot for every injury. However, this is not realistic. As such, every day coaches, parents, and volunteers must assess the injury to determine if it is just a minor bruise or bruise to the body and / or ego OR if medical attention / evaluation is necessary. You can read the article at What To Do for Child Sports Related Injuries? I thought that the tips for coaches were especially on point which included the following:
*Work on stretching and conditioning exercises especially early in the sports season;
*Pay attention to the heat and make sure that the players get enough water;
*Do not deprive children of water as a way of punishment;
*Be aware of the medical history and condition of the child; and
*Always have a First Aid Kit available at practices and games.
Safety should be the number one priority for all child sports related activities. A big win at the expense of a child’s health is no win at all.