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Should I let my son play youth football?

Did you know that The American Academy of Pediatrics says that "young athletes are more susceptible to the risks of concussion because their brains are still developing."?

Youth sports activities include baseball, softball, soccer and football. Team sports always present more risk for injurybecause of the interaction with other players. However, individual sports can also present some risks as well:

  • Muscle strains
  • Sprained joints
  • Abrasions
  • Broken bones
  • Head trauma or concussion

As a parent with a young child, serious injury is never far from your mind, especially when you watch your son play sports. It would be nice to be able to wrap him in bubble wrap and forbid him from playing football, but you know that's not going to happen.

Statistics show that more than 38 million children and adolescents participate in sports every year. Of those, there are close to 2 million children under the age of 15 who were treated in emergency rooms for sports-related injuries.

Again, bubble wrap would be nice, but what would that say about my parenting skills? I have accepted that almost everything we do comes with a little risk; however, there are precautions I can take that will help prevent my children from being injured in sports.

The following are tips for sports injury prevention, outlined by HealthyChildren.org, a site for parents created by the American Academy of Pediatrics:

  1. Play safe and follow rules - against headfirst sliding in baseball, spearing in football and body checking in ice hockey.
  2. If your child has pain, stop the activity. The most common overuse injuries in spots include knee pain, little league elbow, swimmer's shoulder and shin splints.
  3. Make sure your child drinks plenty of fluids before, during and after playing. Drinking 16 ounces of water is recommended one hour before exertion.
  4. Take a break during practice and regular games.
  5. Players should wear appropriate and properly fit protective equipment, including neck, shoulder, elbow, chest and knee pads, helmet, mouthpieces and protective cups.
  6. Take some time off - children should relax at least one day each week without sports

Youth sports can be lots of fun for your child, but it can sometimes involve serious injury. If your child has suffered injury through participation in youth sports, you may want to contact a personal injury lawyer.

Call the personal injury attorneys for San Bernardino and Riverside Counties - Peach & Weathers. Your attorney can advise you of the laws in your area, and help assist you in seeking compensation for your child's injuries, medical expenses and pain and suffering.

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