Ensure sports safety this summer

As the weather gets warmer, kids are eager to play outside. Help protect your children with these helpful tips.

What you use

  • Wear a helmet if you are moving faster than you can run (scooters, skateboards, bikes and rollerblades). Certain sports require styles of helmets that meet sport-specific risks.
  • Wear wrist guards with any skating activity.
  • Wear protective eyewear with any racquet or paintball activity.
  • Wear a mouth guard for sports including football, martial arts, volleyball, soccer and skateboarding.

Learn more about bicycling, in-line skating and skateboarding safety and injury prevention tips here. You can buy safety helmets at the Emergency Department/Trauma Center at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin for $10 to $15. Care partners will size and fit the helmet for your child. No appointment is necessary. Get directions here.

What you drink

Drinking plenty of water is especially important in hot weather. It can prevent cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke. The American College of Sports Medicine recommends these guidelines for proper fluid intake:

  • Drink 16 ounces of fluid two hours before exercise.
  • On warmer days, drink an additional 8 to 16 ounces of fluid 30 to 60 minutes before exercise.
  • Drink fluids regularly during exercise.

Where you play

  • Ensure safe surroundings from traffic or other people.
  • Check for clear, clean and safe areas (free of glass or debris).
  • Wear proper sun protection when you are outside, even on cloudy days (protective clothing, hats, long sleeves and sunscreen of at least 15 SPF).

For more information about youth sports safety, visit the National Youth Sports Safety Foundation website.

~ Stacy Stolzman, MPT, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin

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