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Are You Ready for Some Football?

Precautions can keep the game safe for kids

(HealthDay) -- Football is a rough sport, but parents can help keep their young athletes safe by taking some precautions.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says it's important to insist that your child wear all pads and safety devices when playing. The CDC also says:

  • Urge your child to stretch and warm up before playing;
  • Tell your child not to play through pain;
  • Make sure first aid is available at practices and games;
  • If your child is hurt, consult your doctor immediately and follow his instructions to the letter.

Finally, the CDC says you should get to know your child's coach and observe practices. For instance, proper blocking and tackling techniques promote safety.

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