My oldest is seven years old, and for the last couple of years has been playing soccer. The whole “sports mom” thing is still pretty new to me, but this last season we got a little taste of just how competitive it can get, even for the little ones – especially the older the kids become.
At the last game of the season my kid was just beat. She was elbowed, pushed, and had the ball kicked into her head. Of course the momma bear in me wants to comfort and protect her, but that’s just not possible when she’s on the field.
So what can we do as parents?
Teach our kids about sports safety.
To help your children learn how to keep things as safe as possible on the field, follow these tips:
Wear your gear! Some equipment may look “optional,” but it is important to wear all the necessary items and safety gear each time you play. If you show up for a practice or game without it, alert your coach immediately.
Follow the rules. While physical prowess is central to any sport, you must obey the rules. In the heat of the moment it’s easy to forget, but there is a reason why things are illegal in in any sport: they can be very dangerous to both you and your opponents.
Listen to your body. If at any point you feel pain or discomfort while playing, notify your coach and get out of the game. While sitting on the sidelines is one of the most difficult situations a player can face, pushing through injuries increases the severity and keeps you out of action longer.
Take the doctor’s orders. After experiencing a sports injury, the first question a player often asks is, “When can I play again?” The answer depends on the injury. Always listen to your doctor. Even if you can’t return right away, a doctor or physical therapist might have suggestions and advice on what you can do to stay fit and rehab the injury. It is important to always check with a doctor before attempting any activity following an injury.
Make sure you’re covered. Accidents happen. When unexpected injuries happen on the field, make sure you’re prepared with supplemental insurance to help cover out-of-pocket expenses.
According to the 2014 Aflac WorkForces Report, 66 percent of U.S. workers could not afford the costs associated with a serious illness or injury. That’s why voluntary insurance plans are so important. In the event of a serious injury, they help provide peace of mind and cash benefits to help you get back in the game fast.
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