Kids all across Rhode Island are starting up their fall sports seasons which means we parents will be spending a lot of time on the field as well. Watching our children play sports can be exhilarating and wonderful as long as they don’t get hurt out there. It’s hard to watch your child get hurt and then not being able to do much about it. The only thing we can do is to instill safe practices into our kids and hope they will always abide by them.
One of the most important things your kids need to know is to wear the protective equipment they are supposed to be wearing during sports. Even if they are just playing a pick up game of soccer with friends, shin guards and cleats should be worn. It doesn’t matter if it’s an official game or not, players can still get kicked regardless. Helmets and other pads that are required for sports should remain on during the entire practice. They can be removed once it’s over, but until then they need to stay where they are needed: on your child.
Make sure your child knows to play fair. Knowing the rules of the game will help with that. When kids are just running amok on the field, it causes chaos which can lead to injury. Your child’s coach will teach the basics and you should reiterate them as well. If you don’t know the rules, learn them yourself. It will help you to better understand what your child is doing out there and it can help you teach him right from wrong. Hopefully, it will help keep everyone safe.
Don’t worry. Your child will be fine. Remember, some minor injuries are par for the course during sports, but if you can prevent some of the serious ones like concussions and broken bones, you are doing a good job.