Soccer is a contact sport. It's fast and hard, and the action never stops. It's no wonder we see soccer injuries at almost every game! On TV, I've seen horrific injuries: torn hamstrings, twisted ankles, concussions, broken limbs. I've seen a guy knocked unconscious in mid air and another guy's leg snap in two. Thank goodness my sons have never had any serious injuries from soccer, but they've had their fair share of minor ones. On the soccer field, they've been kicked in the gut, clipped on the ankle, tripped, had their hands stepped on.
I would be a nervous wreck if I stopped to think what might happen every time my sons play in a soccer game (or even at practice!). I wouldn't dream of stopping them from playing the game they love. Besides, there's risk in many things. Our record off the field is worse; we've had a chipped tooth, a broken finger, multiple sprains and a broken arm. We'd rather manage those risks than be ruled by them. Accidents do happen, but we can take steps to avoid them, and we can make plans for what to do when accidents happen. Here are some tips to help your child avoid injuries on the sports field:
- Wear protective gear, such as helmets, protective pads, and other gear.
- Do strengthening exercise to build muscles that protect your bones and ligaments.
- Warm up and cool down.
- Use proper form.
- Play it safe: no headfirst tackles, sliding tackles, or body checks.
- Stay hydrated.
- Don't play through pain. If something hurts, stop.
- Don't play when you're injured.
- Take a rest day.
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