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Test Your Savvy on … Youth Sports Safety

Determine if the following statements are true or false. The correct answers appear below.

1. For safety reasons, make sure to choose a sport appropriate to your child’s age and ability.
2. If your child has a physical complaint during a game, just tell him or her to shake it off.
3. Warning signs of injury in your child include pain during or after practice.
4. If your child has a sprain or a strain, remember RICE.

Answers:

1. True. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children wait until at least age 6 to participate in simple organized sports, including

baseball and soccer, and age 10 to participate in more complex sports, such as football and hockey.

2. False. Take your child’s complaints seriously. Don’t require him or her to play through the pain.

3. True. Other signs include a loss of enthusiasm for the sport or a decline in performance.

4. True. RICE stands for rest, ice, compression, and elevation. Remember that even a minor injury may warrant a call to the doctor.

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