(ARA) - Summer vacation gives children a break from schoolwork, but for many, their participation in sports will continue in warm weather months. Parents, coaches and players need to keep injury prevention in mind to ensure sports stay safe and fun throughout the summer.
In a new survey commissioned by Safe Kids Worldwide and Johnson & Johnson, "Coaching Our Kids to Fewer Injuries: A Report on Youth Sports Safety," parents report one in three kids who play team sports sustain injuries severe enough to require medical attention.
"The report's findings are particularly alarming because experts tell us more than half of these injuries are preventable," says Kate Carr, president and CEO of Safe Kids Worldwide. "There is a gap between what we as coaches and parents can do to keep our kids safe and what we're actually doing. With some simple precautions, we can change these troubling statistics and keep our kids healthy and enjoying the benefits of sports."
Safe Kids shares some advice for parents and coaches to help kids avoid injury while playing sports this summer:
Before the game begins:
"Culturally, there's an attitude that injuries are a natural consequence of sports and that good athletes tough it out when they suffer an injury," says Carr. "But that attitude is hurting our kids. By adopting some basic, proven practices, we can protect our kids and help them stay healthy and active in sports throughout their lives."
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