Play it safe with kids this sports season
August is a time when kids’ fall sports and practices begin. As the fall sports season kicks off, the Kohl’s Cares Grow Safe & Healthy program, in partnership with Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Orthopedics and Sports Medicine program, offers some important sports-related safety tips to help keep young athletes safe.
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.
In addition to heat and dehydration risks, 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).
“Concern over concussion is real,” said Dr. Kevin Walter, program director, Pediatric and Adolescent Sports Medicine for Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. “We want to get our patients back to the activities they enjoy as quickly and safely as possible. So our goals are not only to treat concussion, but to keep kids safe by working to decrease the risk of concussion in sports.”
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. Visit Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin’s concussion conditions and symptoms page at chw.org/concussion.
To learn more, attend a free Mom’s Concussion Clinic Saturday, Aug. 15, in Waukesha. Go to: http://www.kohlssafeandhealthy.com/concussionclinic/
For more information and resources to help keep your kids and family safe in the home, outdoors and on the go, visit KohlsSafeandHealthy.com/stay-safe.