San Diego Figure Skating Communications
Common Athletic Injuries
Physical Activity Levels are Indicative of the Level of Risk Taking
The more active a child is in participating in recreational activities, unorganized sports, and competitive organized sports, the more likely they are to be accidentally injured. Supervision is helpful, but some children tend to be more inclined to be risk takers, others just have yet to develop protective judgment skills.
The dilemma is becoming over protective as a parent when your permission is required to participate in organized sports programs. It is reasonable to not to allow participate in tackle football, but allow them to participate in tag football. It becomes even more complicated when a girl wants to play on traditionally all boy sports, and vice versa. Increasingly ice hockey parents are enrolling their child in leagues that do not allow body checking against the boards and the other physical facets of professional hockey.
It is impossible to prevent all accidents, but parents and coaches can make safety an issue that is constantly stress. Sometimes a young child may not understand the danger of their impulsiveness. However, learning is a natural process of their inquisitiveness and curiosity that starts as infants explore their environment.
One of the problems is the universal exposure to contact physical sports and the desire of males to emulate the macho characteristics of college and professions athletes on and off the playing field, court, or other athletic venue. Parents should demand equipment that protects body parts, including helmets designed to prevent concussions and damage to the eyes and ears. All male and female athletes who participate in body contact sports need equipment specially designed to protect the reproductive potential of the both sexes.
Parents and Coaches Need to Recognize when a Potentially serious Injury has occurred.
Don't buy into the attitude that young athletes should "Play through the Pain". Pain is a signal that a problems has occurred. Don't ignore pain. The problem can be that the individual is in shock and is not experiencing pain as a response to extreme trauma.
All sports and recreational facilities should have fully equipped first aid/trauma kit, a charged cell phone, and several people who have completed training to recognize the symptoms and appropriate action while an emergency vehicle and EMT arrive.
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