Talking to Your Kids About Sports Injuries to Their Heroes!

Posted on: April 3rd, 2013 by Chris No Comments

kevinwareinjuryIt’s impossible to predict when or how a gruesome injury will happen to an athlete! Whether it’s on TV or in person, it’s still hard to explain to our young kids.

I didn’t see the injury to Louisville’s Kevin Ware on Sunday, but I heard all of the reaction to it. And I saw how shaken the players, coaches and fans were after it happened.

I can remember when Joe Theismann broke his leg during a game against the NY Giants. I couldn’t watch but I remember Lawrence Taylor looking really shaken by it. No one likes to see a career ending injury like that one. And in this case, Kevin Ware is promising he will come back. Hopefully he will.

So how can you make sure your kids, who play sports, won’t be scared off by such a public injury?

Here’s some advice:
Keep the kids on the court/field! Remind them that this type of injury is very rare and it shouldn’t keep them from playing sports.
Follow and trust the coaches recommendations to prevent injuries.  Put a good plan in place to make sure your athlete is doing everything he or she can to prevent an injury.
Make sure they speak up about an injury. Sometimes a child will not talk about a sports injury fearing they will not be able to play. Stress the importance of speaking up.

Here are some recommendations by stopsportsinjuries.org to prevent  basketball injuries!

-Have a pre-season physical examination and follow your doctor’s recommendations for basketball injury prevention
-Hydrate adequately – waiting until you are thirsty is often too late to hydrate properly
-Pay attention to environmental recommendations, especially in relation to excessively hot and humid weather, to help avoid heat illness
-Maintain proper fitness – injury rates are higher in athletes who have not adequately prepared physically
-After a period of inactivity, progress gradually back to full-contact basketball through activities such as aerobic conditioning, strength training, and agility training
– Return to play only when cleared by a health care professional

The most important thing is to always be honest with your child.  Talk with them about their concerns about being injured and reassure them that they will be ok!

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