Prioritizing safety in kids’ sports

Youth sports can bring communities together. They teach kids about teamwork, good sportsmanship and resiliency, and they promote physical health. But there’s always a potential for injuries to occur, including serious injuries like concussions . Parents are encouraged to consult a pediatrician at Sunrise Children’s Hospital about the specific safety concerns associated with their children’s chosen sports. And although we sincerely hope you’ll never need it, our children’s emergency care is available 24/7 in Las Vegas.

Balancing activity with rest
Physical activity helps reduce the risk of chronic diseases later in life, in part by promoting healthy weight management. But it’s true that there can be too much of a good thing. Kids also need to rest and allow their bodies to recover after a training session or game.

You can consult the pediatrician if you’re concerned that your child might not be getting enough rest between high-intensity games. Your child’s doctor can help you strike the right balance between rest and activity.

Using appropriate protective gear
Most sports call for protective gear . Your pediatrician can provide guidance specific to your child’s chosen sport. Some common examples of protective gear in sports are:

  • Helmets
  • Safety pads and guards
  • Mouth guards
  • Athletic shoes
  • Sports goggles
  • Face masks

Some kids may need extra equipment if they’ve previously had a sports injury. When you watch the accompanying video, you’ll hear a doctor at Sunrise Children’s Hospital explain when it’s a good idea for kids to wear a brace during sports activity.

Identifying injuries promptly
Children should never try to keep playing or training after suffering an injury, even if their NFL heroes do it. Parents, coaches and student athletes can take a collaborative and cooperative approach toward quickly identifying and treating pediatric sports injuries.

Talk to your child about the importance of notifying the coach when an injury has occurred. Explain that injuries can get worse if they aren’t treated promptly, and especially if the child continues to play.

If your child requires emergency care , please call 911 now. Otherwise, you can direct general healthcare questions to a registered nurse at (702) 233-5437. Sunrise Children’s Hospital brings together leading pediatric specialists, all of whom genuinely care about each young patient’s health and quality of life.

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