Sports Safety

Sports Safety

More than 3.5 million children 14 and under are treated for sports-related injuries each year. Most of the injuries result from falls, being struck by an object, collisions and overexertion during informal sports.

Facts about Sports Injuries in Children

More Facts For Parents:

  • Children between 5 and 14 years of age account for almost 40 percent of sports-related injuries.
  • Sports and recreational activities factor into nearly 21 percent of all traumatic pediatric brain injuries in the U.S.
  • Sports-related injury severity increases with age.
  • Children who are just beginning a sport or activity are at greater risk for injury.
  • The highest rates of injury occur in sports that involve contact and collision.

Sports and Recreational Activities with the Most Injuries

  • Basketball
  • Baseball and softball
  • Bicycling
  • Football
  • Ice skating
  • Skateboarding, scooter riding and in-line skating or roller-skating. Read more of our advice on scooter, skateboard and skate safety.
  • Snow skiing and snowboarding
  • Water skiing
  • Soccer
  • Trampolines

Common Sports Injuries

  • Sprains and strains
  • Dislocations
  • Fractures
  • Head injuries
  • Dehydration
  • Other head related illness
  • Sunburn (Read our tips for sun protection.)

Visit our Safety Store for first-aid kids and other affordable gear, or learn CPR or first aid at our community classes.

Sports Safety Tips for Kids

  • Wear appropriate safety gear and equipment and know how to use it.
  • Warm up before playing and cool down when finished. Jumping jacks or slow jogging are great exercises for this.
  • Know and play by the rules of the chosen sport.
  • Don’t play if you feel sick, hurt or too tired.
  • Wear sunscreen and a hat to prevent sunburn.
  • Drink lots of water — before, during and after you play.
  • Tell your coach or a trusted adult if you get hurt while playing.

Sports Safety Tips for Adults

  • Be sure that the playing environment is safe for children.
  • The sport should be properly practiced with children of similar size and skill level.
  • Make sure children have the appropriate safety gear and are properly conditioned for the activity. Read about our advice for exercise.
  • Always supervise children at play.
  • Make sure children stay properly hydrated — they can lose up to a quart of sweat during a two-hour sports game. Rather than wait to get thirsty, they should drink at intervals:
  • 12 ounces about 30 minutes before playing
  • 5 ounces every 20 minutes during play for those under 90 pounds, and 9 ounces for those over
  • Every 20 minutes during the first hour after play finishes

St. Joseph’s Contact Information

For more information about sports safety and other programs at St. Joseph’s Children’s Advocacy Center, please call (813) 615-0589 or visit us at 1401A East Fowler Ave., Tampa, Florida 33612.