Summer Sport Camps
Q. With all of the recreational sports activities that my kids are involved in starting to ramp up, what can I do to prevent them from being injured?
A. Physical activities are a great way for children and adolescents to grow into well-rounded young adults. The safety guidelines for preventing injuries are similar whether in a summer sports camp or on a family outing. Warm-ups, stretching and cool-downs help to increase flexibility. Wearing appropriate activity-specific safety equipment like a helmet or shin guards protect from bumps and bruises and especially head injuries such as a concussion. Active kids, and adults, should keep hydrated by drinking fluids before, during, and after playing. Often overlooked, getting adequate sleep means they are more alert and perform better. Finally, kids should have an annual pre-participation sports exam. Have a safe and healthy summer!
Shawn Riley, MD \ Care Now \ www.carenow.com