Playing sports can be fun, but it can also be dangerous if you are not careful. You can help prevent injuries by
- Getting a physical to make sure you are healthy before you start playing your sport
- Wearing the right shoes, gear, and equipment
- Drinking lots of water
- Warming up and stretching
If you have already hurt yourself playing a sport, make sure you recover completely before you start up again. If possible, protect the injured part of your body with padding, a brace, or special equipment. When you do start playing again, start slowly.
- Water Outperforms Sports Drinks for Young Athletes (04/14/2017, HealthDay)
Statistics and Research
- Youth Sports Safety Statistics (National Athletic Trainers' Association) - PDF
- ClinicalTrials.gov: Bicycling (National Institutes of Health)
Journal Articles References and abstracts from MEDLINE/PubMed (National Library of Medicine)
- Article: Personal medical electronic devices and walk-through metal detector security systems:...
- Article: The role of parental risk judgements, transport safety attitudes, transport...
- Article: Examination of adult and child bicyclist safety-relevant events using naturalistic...
- Sports Safety -- see more articles
- ACSM Fit Society Page (American College of Sports Medicine)
Find an Expert
- For Parents, Teachers and Coaches: About Sports Eye Injury and Protective Eyewear (National Eye Institute) - PDF
- Preventing Children's Sports Injuries (Nemours Foundation) Also in Spanish
- Preventing Musculoskeletal Sports Injuries in Youth: A Guide for Parents (National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases)
- Protective Eyewear (National Eye Institute)
- Safety Tips: Baseball (For Parents) (Nemours Foundation)
- Safety Tips: Basketball (For Parents) (Nemours Foundation)
- Sports and Your Eyes (National Eye Institute)
- Exercise and Bone Health for Women: The Skeletal Risk of Overtraining (National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases)
- Female Athlete Triad (American Academy of Family Physicians) Also in Spanish
- Biking Safely (National Institute on Aging) - PDF