Sports injuries are common in children, but some serious sports injuries and recreation injuries could have been prevented if not for the negligence of others. Do your children have the proper equipment? Are the venues in proper condition?

Preventing Children’s Sports Injuries In Washington State

Participating in sports is an important part of growing up - it encourages teamwork, exercise, and discipline. In both team sports and solo recreation, kids can learn important lessons and perhaps find a hobby that lasts a lifetime. However, kids sports also come with a risk of serious injury, especially without the proper safety precautions or supervision.

Kids may even be more prone to sports injuries than adults. Often children lack the needed coordination or fast reaction times to prevent injuries from occurring. At the same time, kids grow at different rates, creating substantial size and weight differences on children's sports teams. Finally, kids might not understand when they are in danger of injury - they simply don't know how to properly assess risk yet, leading to injury.

Some injuries, however, could be prevented if not for the conditions and environment provided to the children. For example, some schools or sports organizations may not provide your child with the proper equipment for the sport or activity. Equipment like helmets, eye protection, shin guards, wrist guards, pads, and uniforms should not only be available, but should also work correctly, be maintained, and fit well.

In addition, the playing field should be safe and well maintained as well. The surfaces should be appropriate for the sport and fields should be free of holes and dips.

The children should also be supervised by adults who are trained sports safety (first aid and CPR) and who are committed to the children's wellbeing. The children should not be paired against someone of a significantly higher skill level or someone significantly bigger or smaller. Kids should be warmed up and stretched before games and everyone should have a clear understanding of the rules.

Not following these safety precautions can lead to any number of serious injuries, such as head injuries, broken bones, eye injuries, spinal cord injuries, or broken teeth.