Staying active throughout the autumn and winter is great for a child’s health; however, this positive benefit can be counteracted by injuries if proper safety precautions are not taken. Young athletes are especially susceptible to being injured while playing fall sports at school –according to Safe Kids Worldwide, approximately 1.35 million children require fast medical care for sports-related injuries each year. With this statistic in mind, our Bucks County school accident attorney recommends enforcing the following rules each time your kids head out onto the field or into the gym:
- Take time to warm up. Doing a short warmup functions to get the blood pumping and prepares one’s body for intense physical activity. For added value, incorporate dynamic stretching into the workout to loosen muscles – this will prevent muscle strain and injuries.
- Always wear all recommended safety gear. For every sport, there is a specific set of gear that should be worn to keep players safe. For example, football requires a helmet, a mouthguard, padding, and special cleats. If you aren’t sure what your child needs to wear in order to decrease the risk of injuries while playing, ask a school coach.
- Stay alert. With players running around and athletic equipment being thrown and swung, sports can be dangerous. Therefore, it’s essential to be aware of one’s surroundings at all times and to play defensively. Teaching your child to do so will help him/her avoid colliding with another player or a ball.
- Never ignore injuries. Sports injuries may seem like no big deal, but they can become much worse if one continues to participate in sports after getting hurt. Therefore, you should encourage your child to tell you or a coach when he/she is injured, even if the harm is minor.
By following these tips, your young athlete will be well on his/her way to a successful, injury-free fall sports season.
Is Your Child Injured? We’re Here to Defend You
Even when great care is taken to avoid injuries, they can still happen–sometimes due to the negligence of another party. If your child has sustained an injury while playing a fall school sport and you believe that the school is at fault, it’s time to contact the Heslin Law Firm. For more than 30 years, we’ve been the trusted school accident lawyer in Bucks County due to our unwavering commitment to seeking justice for our clients. Whether your child has been hurt as a result of unsafe conditions or some other cause, we’ll work to uncover the details of the accident and build a case that will give your family the best chance of getting the maximum compensation.
Ready for a free consultation with the school accident attorney Bucks County relies on? Call the Heslin Law Firm at (215) 332-0300 or fill out our contact form to let us know you’re interested. And if you’d like to learn about how to stay safe this Halloween, check out last week’s post. We look forward to working as your Bucks County school accident lawyer.