Sports Safety for Children

Participating in sports is great for children both physically and psychologically. Sports can increase a child's physical coordination, fitness, and self-esteem. In addition, sports can teach children about teamwork and self-discipline.

However, because children's bodies are still growing and their coordination is still developing, children are more susceptible to sports injuries. Many children ages 14 and younger are treated for sports-related injuries each year.

Most childhood sports injuries occur because of the following factors:

  • Lack of education and awareness about safety precautions and potential injury

  • Inappropriate or lack of equipment

  • Improperly conditioned children

The following are safety precautions recommended to prevent sports injuries in children:

  • Children should wear appropriate safety gear and equipment.

  • The playing environment should be safe.

  • The sport should be properly practiced with children of similar size, skill level, and physical and emotional maturity.

  • Children should be fit and mentally prepared.

  • Children practicing a sport should be supervised by an adult who enforces the safety rules.

  • Children should stay hydrated during and after sports.

Many different sports-related injuries require clinical care by a doctor or other health care professional. Listed in the directory below are some, for which we have provided a brief overview.

Injury Statistics and Incidence Rates

Identifying High-Risk Situations