Sports and Recreation

3 kids wearing helmetsEvery day, millions of children participate in sports and every year more than 775,000 children, ages 14 and under, are treated in hospital emergency rooms for sports-related injuries, according  SAFE KIDS. The majority of these injuries occur during unorganized sports activities. In fact, almost one-third of all injuries that occur in children are sports-related injuries.

Whether your child participates in organized sports or just plays with friends in the neighborhood park, it’s important for them to practice good safety habits. You can help prevent serious sports and recreation related injuries by supervising your child at play, learning proper coaching techniques and making sure your child always wears the correct safety equipment. The safety tips in this section can help you keep your child safe both on the playing field and off.   Learn more about sport helmet and equipment certification and guidelines by visiting the National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment.

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