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Sports Safety

Cheerleading Safety
A safe cheerleading program will include direct adult supervision, proper conditioning, skills training and warm-up exercises.
Contact Sports and Kids: How to Keep Your Children Safe
Kids are more susceptible to sports injuries than adults because they are still growing and developing. The risk for injury is even greater if the child plays a contact sport such as basketball, football, or soccer.
Eating Disorders and Young Athletes
Playing competitive sports can boost self-esteem and teach teamwork and leadership lessons. But sometimes being on a team that focuses too heavily on performance—or appearance—may trigger an eating disorder.
Eye Protection Critical in Sports
Sports is the leading cause of school-age children's eye injuries, but most of those injuries are preventable.
Mouthguards are important to help protect your child's mouth and teeth from serious injury.
Preparticipation Physical Exams
A preparticipation exam may be required for any child who wants to take part in a school athletic activity or in an organized sports activity outside of school.
Preventing MRSA in Athletes
MRSA most often causes minor skin infections in young athletes, but if untreated, the bacteria may invade the bloodstream and become a life-threatening infection.
Sickle Cell Disease in Children
Sickle cell disease involves the red blood cells, or hemoglobin, and their ability to carry oxygen.
Sports and Children with Special Needs
Special needs children are sometimes not encouraged to exercise, because their parents or guardians fear they'll be injured. But physical activity is as important for special needs children, as it is for any child.
Sports Injury Prevention
Detailed information on sports safety, including safety gear and equipment
Sports Safety
Because children's bodies are still growing and their coordination is still developing, children are more susceptible than adults to sports injuries.
Sports Safety--Identifying High-Risk Situations
High-risk situations include faulty or ill-fitting safety gear and equipment, lack of adult supervision, and an unsafe playing environment.
Workouts to Help Prevent Sports Injuries
It may not be always possible to avoid injury when playing sports, especially physical contact sports, but participants can help protect themselves by properly preparing before and after a game or practice session by warming up muscles and then stretching.
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