Sports Safety

Playing sports can be fun and a great way to exercise. But sports can also be dangerous if you are not careful.

 

Help prevent injuries by:

  • Get a physical to make sure you are healthy BEFORE you start playing a sport.
  • Wear the right shoes, gear and equipment. (Eye protection and mouth guards are great safety equipment!
  •  Drink lots of water before, during, and after sporting activities.
  • Warm up and stretch before and after.
  • Know the rules of the game.
  • Stay off the field/court if you are hurt.
  • When playing sports, a concussion may be an injury that could happen.
  •  Know the signs of symptoms of a concussion to watch out for your teammates and yourself.
  • Common initial symptoms and signs:
    • a change in level of alertness
    • extreme sleepiness
    • a bad headache
    • confusion
    • repeated vomiting
    • seizure 
  • Someone that has signs and symptoms like the ones above should go to the emergency room. 
  • If you or a friend go undiagnosed with a concussion, you could be at risk for brain damage or disability.

  

More cool stuff and information:

 

Concussions

 

Five Ways to Avoid Sports Injuries

 

Safe Kids USA

 

 

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