Safe Kids Midlands
Palmetto Health Richland
7 Richland Medical Park Drive
Columbia, SC 29203
PHONE (803) 434-2955
FAX (803) 434-7379
Sports and kids are a wonderful combination. Give your kids time every day to play outside to help them stay healthy. Organized sports can be a fun way to stay active.
Regular exercise and stretching help prevent many injuries. Keep your child off the sidelines and in the game by avoiding injury.
Consistency is the key. Most organized sports-related injuries occur during practice. Itís important that your kids take safety precautions whenever they play.
Before the game:
Before beginning a sport, all kids should have a checkup with their health care provider.
Children should be matched with other kids of similar skill level, weight and maturity.
Make sure your child always wear the right safety gear.
Ensure that children warm up and stretch before playing.
During the game:
Help your kids stay hydrated. Keep water available at all times.
Parents and coaches should be role models by practicing good sportsmanship and playing by the rules.
Prepare for an emergency by providing your childís coach with important information: parentsí names, addresses, phone numbers, and any medical conditions.
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