Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Safety tips for kids while playing sports

Playing sports  is indeed beneficial for all round growth of children. Nevertheless, it requires several safety measures so that kids remain absolutely safe while playing sports. Here are essential safety tips for kids while playing sports:

Adequate Hydration: While playing any sport be it lawn tennis or some team sports such as soccer, it is important to stay hydrated. Kids must drink adequate water and fluids to avoid dehydration and heat stroke.

Skin safety: Direct sun rays can damage the sensitive skin of kids. Therefore use of caps, sunglasses and sunscreen is essential. In fact, sunscreen should be reapplied in every 2-3 hours to avoid heat rash and skin tanning.

Warming up and cooling down: It is important to warm up before playing sports because it helps the body to prepare for rigorous physical stress. Moreover, it also improves the flexibility and strength of muscles and bones. Cooling down is equally important after sports session as it relaxes the overstressed muscles and nerves and brings them back to normal temperature.
   
Use of sports safety guards: Proper sports safety guards such as helmet, knee caps, elbow caps, mouth guards, goggles, gloves, proper shoes or any other safety equipment depending upon the sport should be used.                

Safety from mosquito bites: Kids are often bitten by bugs and mosquitoes while playing in the parks. This may cause serious problems such as malaria, skin infection, etc. Therefore, it is important to apply mosquito repellent creams, mosquito wipes and wear adequate clothing to avoid such instances.

Overindulgence: Over involvement in sports or playing without taking enough of breaks can cause harm to body in the form of injuries, sprains and strains, bodyache, etc. Therefore, parents need to monitor the playing hours of the kids.

Proper training and guidance: Kids need proper training and guidance while playing sports of any kind be it soccer, lawn tennis, cycling or swimming to avoid any mishaps, injuries or accidents. They need to learn the sport from professional trainers to learn correct usage of sports equipment and right way to play. This would avoid several physical injuries or accidents while playing sports.

Proper nutrition: Last but not the least, regular sports session and training should be accompanied with healthy nutrition containing all the food groups such as proteins, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins, water and minerals. This would help a lot in making kids stronger.



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