Participating in sports is a great way for kids to learn valuable life skills and to stay fit and active. Knowing what to do to stay safe while playing sports is extremely important. The Kohl's Cares Grow Safe & Healthy Program has compiled some sports safety resources to help keep kids safe and healthy.
Videos and resources about preventing sports-related injuries are available on the Children's Hospital of Wisconsin website.
Children's Hospital of Wisconsin Sports Medicine
The Sports Medicine Program at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin is the only program in Wisconsin just for young athletes. Medical experts provide resources and education to prevention sports injuries from happening. They also treat children for a variety of sports-related injuries. Learn more about Children's Hospital's Sports Medicine Program.
Heat and Dehydration
Heat and activity causes additional fluid loss in children. If children do not drink enough fluids to replace the water they lose, they can quickly become dehydrated. Tips to help keep kids hydrated:
- Schedule regular beverage breaks when active outside in the heat.
- Plain water is the best liquid to drink on hot days.
- Consume about four ounces for every 15 to 20 minutes of activity—drink water before, during and after exercise.
Concussion is one of the most common sports-related injuries. Almost 1 in 10 high school football players will sustain a concussion each year (9+ percent).
Concussion usually occurs after a blow to the head, but a jarring hit to the torso or lower body can also cause the brain to move quickly back and forth inside the skull resulting in a concussion. To reduce the risk of concussion in sport, greater emphasis is being placed on teaching athletes proper tackling skills and safe play techniques.
Knowing the signs and symptoms of a concussion and seeking proper treatment is most important. Athletes should always report a suspected injury and stop play immediately. Symptoms often appear right away, but can appear hours after the initial hit, so it is important for parents and caregivers to know what to watch for and to seek medical care as soon as possible.