Even though school is out for summer, the local courts and fields will still be filled with young athletes enjoying the benefits of sports. Exercise, teamwork, problem solving… all of these are great lessons to be learned from summer athletics. But while sports offer excellent benefits, there are a few safety tips to keep in mind.
- Safety starts even before the first practice. All young athletes should have a physical exam to confirm they are healthy enough to participate in the sport of choice.
- Think about your goals, and the goals for your child! Unreasonable expectations can lead to disappointment and turn a would-be positive experience into a very negative one.
- Make sure the coach and organizers have emergency contact information, and that they are aware of any important health issues, including allergies.
- Safety gear is a must. Check helmets, eye protection, pads, and other safety equipment to make sure it is in good order and fits properly.
- Do some research ahead of time. No one likes to think about it, but you are entrusting your children’s safety to coaches and organizers you may know little about. Take time to learn about the program’s safety record and policies.
Youth sports offer an opportunity for kids to stay healthy and learn important life lessons. A little extra care to keep them safe will make the most of the situation.
Growing up in East Grand Rapids, Michigan, Nolan Erickson began working at Church Wyble PC in 2007 as a law clerk. Now as an attorney with Grewal Law, Mr. Erickson has developed extensive experience with all phases of trial and pre-trial resolution of personal injury matters, including major auto accident, medical malpractice, and other serious injury cases.