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Youth Sports Safety: Seven Things Parents Can Do To Protect Their Child

  1. Be pro-active about safety issues; learn about the risks posed by the sport your child plays
  2. Insist that coaches receive training in first-aid and injury prevention and bring a properly stocked first-aid kit to all games and practices
  3. Guard against overuse injuries; don't let your child play the same sport year-round
  4. Demand safe fields and equipment, such as anchored goals and emergency telephones
  5. Ask about the weather policy of your child's club; if it doesn't have one, adopt your own.
  6. Protect your child from the dangerous coach. Ask your club to run background checks on coaches or adopt the KidSafe program.
  7. Get your child's club to set up a risk management committee.
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5 important questions to ask before putting your child in camp.

These 7 points are all too important. Any camp or team will cover all bases: first aid, good coaches, adequate inclement weather precautions, advocate the importance of hydration and nutrition, just to name a few.

Maybe most importantly, a good camp needs to create camper profiles that include information like emergency contacts, food/medicine allergies, etc. to be fully prepared to take care of your child.


Protecting Student Athletes' Health

Couldn't agree more. Protecting the safety and health of our children are the two most important items I can think of. Another issue that goes in hand with safety and health, and one that is gaining more attention is sudden cardiac arrest in young athletes.
Spotting symptoms of sudden cardiac arrest can help school faculty, coaches, parents and even other students prevent the tragedy from occurring in the first place. Recently, researchers at a number of U.S. medical clinics published results on this very topic in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine.
The objective of the study was to address warning symptoms for young adults who suffered sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). After receiving completed surveys from 87 victims’ families, the average age the adolescents who had SCAs was 16. The 4 most prevalent signs of a SCA in order of importance were:
1. Generalized Fatigue
2. Lightheadedness
3. Family history of sudden cardiac arrest before 50
4. One or more occurrences of passing out or inexplicable seizure
Like the 7 points in the article, these four indications should be stressed to coaches and parents alike so that CPR and other resuscitative actions can be taken immediately. 

Little League Baseball Safety

 Here is an interesting story about wooden bats and youth baseball.


When it comes to children who play baseball, I believe that they should use wooden bats because the bat speed of metal ones is too dangerous for kids.

Think about how fast the ball would travel in the direction of a pitcher if the hitter was using a metal bat. I could care less about the performance or durability of metal bats because the safety of youngsters is the most important thing. Wooden bats are the way to go!

Wooden Bats

Except when the bat shatters and splinters and bat pieces fly around the
field.  Then someone will sue the bat company for that as well.

Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Thank you for your comment, Aaron. Can you provide the full journal citation, as I would like to review it in order to update existing content on MomsTEAM about SCA. Just so you know, MomsTEAM has a whole Cardiac Safety Center in our Health and Safety Channel, as well as articles on the kinds of questions about family and personal cardiac history that should be asked in a young athlete's pre-participation physical evaluation (PPE).

I always make sure that my

I always make sure that my child has complete protection from the sun by giving him a bottle of sunscreen whenever he has to play in the sun. It can help prevent him from different diseases caused by overexposure to the sun. He also carries sufficient number of clothes to change in whenever he perspires. 

Parenting is one of the most

Parenting is one of the most enjoyable and also most difficult tasks that ever I have come across. We need take care of many things such as their health, and their requirements. When our child is busy in a sporting event in a school we should be very much careful and should know about the pros and cons. There are few important things we should consider to protect our child from injuries such we should be more active and learn more about the risks, we should be asking for a safety field and many more which are mentioned above. The above information is extremely helpful for parents. 

What about their "hearts"?

What about their "hearts"?
I'm a volleyball parent of two, 8yrs of club and 4 yrs of club respectively. These are the malleable years of adolescence. In the volleyball realm MUCH time and effort goes into setting out what is needed to be a "good volleyball parent". One that ensures nutrition, ensures curfews are met, helps develop "mental toughness", one that does not question the coach, one that helps the kid separate their emotional reactions of being yelled at or despite jumping through the hoops the coach outlined as "improvables" you still sit on the bench. What about building good character and things like integrity. I have been around this game (played) for 30 yrs. I have nurtured one kid through 8 yrs of club ball & Jr & Sr High and the other one for 4 yrs. I have witnessed year after year kids hearts being broken and self esteem being eroded by what are commonly supported practices among coaches, clubs and associations. I am sadden by what a game I love has become.

Joe Ehrmann, former NFL player, pastor and founder of Coach for America. Ehrmann has devoted his life to fighting this societal tide and making youth sports and coaching a positive experience for children. He said..., “My belief is that while youth sports originated to train, nurture and guide children into adulthood many programs/coaches are using them to meet the needs of adults at the expense of kids. Sports should be a tool to help children become whole and healthy adults who can build relationships and contribute as citizens, but the social contract between adults protecting and providing for the needs of children [instead of their own needs] is broken.” Cited in: The Cesspool: Why Youth Sports Stink There's more of this out there but you really need to look. It is only a courageous few who speak their truth. For many this is career limiting. We had a zone all star team coach who did things differently, as parents we noticed that when we went to a tournament the other coaches and association staff had little to do with him. We asked and he said "they don't like me much, I don't support what they do. He was ostracized because of it. We need to challenge what's going on. What are we really teaching kids about how to do life? What values are we really promoting in the behaviours of the adults around these sports and our kids. There's more of this on facebook "What's Wrong With Club Volleyball" It's not all about VB, there are healthy messages that can be applied to many sports. Take a moment and consider the subtle messages our kids are getting. It's not only physical injuries we need to be wary of.