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Sports can be fun -- if kids know what they're doing

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(HealthDayNews) -- Exercise is good for your kids, but some sports, like football or soccer, might seem too dangerous.

The risks of even the roughest sport can be minimized, according to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. It's important to make sure that kids know the rules of any sport they play, that they use the proper equipment, that they're in shape for the sport, and that they warm up properly.

The institute also says to make sure your child gets a pre-season physical and that there is plenty of water available during practices and games.

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