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Partaking in sports, exercise, and recreational activities are pivotal in terms of cultivating a healthy lifestyle for children. However, there’s always the possibility that injuries may occur.

According to the CDC, over 2.6 million youth 0-19 years old are sent to the emergency room to be treated for sports and recreational-related injuries.

Nevertheless, there are things that can be done to assist with combating sports-related injuries.

1. Use Protective Gear

When kids participate in sports, make sure that they utilize the right protective gear (helmets, mouth guards, knee and elbow pads, and wrist guards) for their activity or sport.

2. Use adequate Equipment

Make sure that your child’s protective equipment is in adequate condition. Also, make sure that it fits properly and is worn correctly. If your child’s equipment doesn’t fit properly or is worn it may not possibly provide ample protection.

3. Create An Action Plan

Ensure that your kid’s sports program or school has a set action plan in place that includes information that educates young athletes on how to decrease their chances of getting a concussion and or other injuries.

4. Note the temperature

Give your child ample time to gradually adapt to heat or humidity in sporting environments. That will help to prevent heat-related illnesses and injuries. Caretakers, parents, and coaches should also monitor children to ensure that they are hydrated and dressed appropriately.

5. Be a good example

As a caretaker or parent, partake in model safe behavior to communicate to your kids that safety is positive. A great example is wearing protective gear  and following the rules.

Glennisha Morgan is a Detroit-bred multimedia journalist and writer. She writes about intersectionality, hip-hop, pop culture, queer issues, race, feminism, and her truth. Follow her on Twitter @GlennishaMorgan.