Stories about young athletes being seriously injured or even killed in practices and games is unfortunately common. Many sports, such as football and rugby, are known for being dangerous. However, even individuals who play non-contact sports, such as tennis or swimming, may be at risk for injury or worse. Many schools, coaches, leagues and more have taken additional steps to keep young athletes as safe as possible on and off the field.


Quality Safety Gear and Equipment

With every sport that your child may participate in, there are special clothes, shoes and other items that your child may wear for safety. This includes special shoes in dance that protect a dancer’s toes to a helmet worn in football practice, to name a few. Clothing may also be worn or adjusted based on weather conditions to prevent dehydration, overheating, frostbite and more, and many items have been refined for improved safety. Refs and coaches are more aware of dangers associated with their sports, and some new rules have been added to certain sports over the years to improve safety for athletes.


Automatic External Defibrillators at Most Events and Practices

Many parents and fans are surprised to learn how common heart conditions are in young athletes. Some heart conditions are not known to these children or their parents before an episode occurs. Because of this, automatic external defibrillators are now available and easily accessible at most schools, fields and more. Coaches and refs typically are instructed on their use so that they can take life-saving action until medical help arrives.


Advanced Diagnostics Procedures Widely Available

Head, back, and joint injuries are also common with many sports. Some conditions have previously gone undiagnosed because of improper or poor diagnostics. However, x-rays, CT scans, and other techniques have improved and are more readily available in many areas due to the ease of online radiology education. This means that serious injuries can be properly diagnosed, and treatment can begin faster. In some instances, these are life-saving early diagnoses.


While there continue to be stories about young athletes dying in the middle of games and practices and while may parents are aware of children who have been seriously injured in their area while playing their sport, there are now more precautions and safeguards in place to protect children. As a parent, you can learn more about how these safety features can protect your child. You also can make decisions to hold your child out of a game or practice if the weather conditions look too severe or extreme.

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