(HealthDay News) -- Sports are a great way for children to get exercise, acquire social skills, and learn discipline. But playing sports also means an increased risk of injury.
The U.S. National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases recommends these precautions to reduce your child's risk of a sports-related injury:
- Get your child involved in sports that are managed through schools or well-established organizations that have a commitment to safety. All coaches should have first-aid training.
- Always give your child the appropriate protective gear for the sport being played.
- Have your child warm up and cool down before and after playing.
- Prevent dehydration by making sure the child is supplied with water or sports drinks.
- Make sure your child knows and understands all rules associated with the sport.