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Health Tip: Protect Your Child From a Sports Injury

Precautions to take before the game

(HealthDay News) -- You and your athletic child should keep some safety rules in mind before the game starts.

The Nemours Foundation offers these suggestions to help keep kids safe:

  • Make sure kids always wear protective gear that's appropriate for the game. Examples may include goggles, a helmet, mouth guard or knee pads.
  • Make sure the gear is properly maintained.
  • Try to ensure that the playing surface is in good shape.
  • Kids' sports should always be carefully supervised by an adult.
  • Make sure your child understands the rules and basics of the sport, and that the sport isn't too challenging for the child.
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