How to Keep Your Kids Out of the Emergency Room

Know the causes of sports injuries
Know the causes of sports injuries

You successfully shoo your children away from the computer, TV, and video games and they’re finally on their way to flex some muscles.  Whether they bike casually around the neighborhood, take the family dog for a run, or play organized ball, the activity will help to keep them healthy and will hopefully become a regular routine.

Sometimes good-for-you pastimes can hurt though, but if you stay on top of your game, they can stay fun.  Follow these tips to keep your kids on the move and off the sidelines:

“Play With Someone Your Own Size.”

Height and weight differences increase risk of sports injuries
Height and weight differences increase risk of sports injuries

Remember to tell this to your children before they run off to play.  While they’re still growing and developing, coordination and reaction times are not yet up to speed with that of an older child or adult.  Kids mature physically at different rates and younger children (under 8 years old) are particularly susceptible to injury.   When your kids are knocking around with pals of varying ages and sizes (or even you), the potential for injury increases considerably.

The amount of force involved directly affects the risk of getting hurt.  As they get taller and heavier, collisions produce more force which increases the potential for injury just as substantial differences in height and weight between players increase the susceptibility to sports injuries.  When it comes to selecting sports leagues or teams, be sure your children are matched with kids with similar skill levels as well as physical and emotional development.  This will decrease the likelihood of injury and increase the fun factor.   Continue reading “How to Keep Your Kids Out of the Emergency Room”