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Summer Sports Safety

summer sports safety

Each year, an estimated 30 million children in the United States play organized sports, and even more participate in recreational activities. Unfortunately, many sports can result in injury. In fact, accidental falls are the number one cause of childhood injury, according to the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. When it comes to sports this summer –– whether organized or recreational –– safety should always take precedence. Keep your family safe this summer with these tips for summer sports safety.

Wear a properly fitted helmet
Wearing a helmet that fits properly is the most effective way to prevent a head injury while enjoying your favorite summer activities.

Stay hydrated
Playing in the hot sun can lead to heat stroke or heat exhaustion, so keep your water handy.

Wear a life jacket
Life jackets can keep your head above water if you become unconscious or incapacitated while participating in water sports.

Use protective gear
Make sure to wear the proper equipment for your specific sport or activity. For example, kneepads, elbow pads and wrist guards can help prevent broken bones and sprains during roller sports. 

Keep a first aid kit stocked and handy
A first aid kit will help to keep minor cuts, scrapes and scratches clean and covered to avoid infection in the event of an emergency.

Signs and symptoms of a concussion

No matter how well prepared you are, accidents may happen. Perhaps one of the most important things you can do to play it safe this summer is to learn how to quickly identify a concussion and the warning signs of a traumatic brain injury. Signs may include:

  • Persistent headaches or neck pain
  • Difficulty remembering, concentrating or making decisions
  • Confusion
  • Slowed thought or speech
  • Overwhelming fatigue or listlessness
  • Persistent nausea
  • Increased sensitivity to light
  • Blurred vision
  • Ringing in the ears

If you or someone you know is experiencing these symptoms, seek medical attention as soon as possible.

To schedule your next appointment with one of the experienced physicians at Pomona Valley Health Centers, call (909) 536-1493 today.