There are many health and wellness benefits linked to children who participate in youth sports; however there are risks for injuries too.
According to the Safe Kids coalition, more than 30 million kids under the age of 14 participate in organized sports, and more than one in ten will end up in an urgent care center or emergency room after suffering from a sports injury.
Whether your child is already a seasoned athlete or an eager beginner, there are many ways to protect them from injury.
Summer sports safety
Summer sports and outdoor activities like baseball, swimming and riding bikes are a great way to get the family together for some active fun in the sun. However, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission warns summer is the time of year people are most likely to be injured.
Here are some simple safety tips to keep in mind and help your family enjoy summer activities.
Be sure your child…
• Understands the sport or activity as well as associated risks and dangers
• Has been evaluated by their pediatrician and cleared for sports
• Stretches before and after exercising
• Wears protective gear which fits right and is recommended for the sport
• Rests often and as needed
• Rehydrates with water or a sports drink
• Applies sunscreen
• Wears a hat or sunglasses to ensure the sun does not impact their vision
• Never plays with an injury
• Is always supervised
Benefits of youth sports
Over the last 20 years, participation in youth sports has been on the rise. Millions of children are now playing one or more sports throughout the year, and starting as early as four years old.
Dr. Trimpey practices with NWO Family Medicine, ProMedica UrgentCare and OccuHealth Findlay, Ohio
Randy Trimpey, MD
Position: Board-certified physician, family and sports medicine
Team: NWO Family Medicine, ProMedica UrgentCare and
OccuHealth in Findlay since
Hometown: LaGrange, Ohio (near Cleveland)
Residence: Bowling Green, Ohio
Graduation: Keystone High School, Ohio Northern University,
University of Toledo Medical Center
Training: Family medicine
residency at Flower Hospital
Sports medicine training with
University of Toledo athletics, former Toledo Storm hockey
team and Toledo area high
Experience: Seven years private practice in Bowling Green and now Findlay
Family: Married to high school sweetheart for 14 years, Chris
three daughters – Meagan, Hailey and Samantha
Hobbies: Hiking, camping,
gardening and running
Favorite Team: Ohio State Buckeyes
Favorite Book: Last of the
Favorite Movie: Lord of the Rings and Star Wars series
Favorite Food: Baked Ziti