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Sports And Injury Prevention6 Things to do that will help to prevent sports injuries

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Sports & Injury Prevention

I coach my local rugby team but this advice works for all sports so it can help any parent or coach that has children that play all sports in general

It goes without saying that children all across the globe are going to get an injury playing sports much more frequent than adults even if it is just once in a while

We as parents, adults and coaches need to do whatever we can to protect them as much as we canA young footballer checking if his teammate is OK as he is injured on the floor

So, How can injuries be prevented during sport activities?

What is the best way to protect our children from any injuries that might occur on the Football or Rugby Field?

We know we can’t protect them from all injuries but we can follow a few guidelines to make sure that they are as safe as they can be without wrapping them up in cotton wool

Or even worst case scenario, stopping them playing the sports that they love

Before you see the ways you can prevent sports injuries, just take a look at this quick video of the worst sporting injuries caught on live television


6 Ways to Deal With Sports And Injury Prevention

1. Keep Fit & HealtyA doctor examining a child's back with a stethoscope

With the Rugby team that I coach, we get the parents to fill out a form before the children even start training

It asks them to write down if the child has any health problems that we should know about

But as a parent, you should take your child to get a checkup from the doctor to see if they will be able to play before you even take them to the training session

Even if you think that your child is healthy and fit enough

If your doctor is any good then they will be able to tell you whether they will be able to handle the strain that their bodies will be going through

Especially if it is Rugby that they want to start playing

Most kids are fit and healthy so they will be good to go, but some can be injury prone

2. Safety Kit & Safe CoachesSport Safety Is Paramount

If their coach is doing their jobs properly then they won’t let them train or play without the correct safety equipment

You need to make sure that your child has got the correct safety equipment

And as a parent, you shouldn’t let them play or train without them either as you are just leaving them open to injuries no matter how minor they are

Sticking with the safety equipment, as well as wearing the correct equipment, you need to make sure that it all fits properly and in good condition otherwise, it could do more damage than good

If they want to play Rugby then you can see exactly what they will need Right Here

Or if they want to play Football, you can see what they will need Right Here2 rugby coaches talking with 2 young rugby players standing next to them

A really important way of ensuring your child’s safety within a sport is making sure that the coaches are fully trained and capable of teaching your child

Don’t be afraid to ask to see any of their qualifications

After all, they are going to be showing your child the right way to play the sport so they need to know what they are doing and be able to show them the rules and regulations of the sport

They will also be able to show them how to play the sport fairly and how to follow the rules which will, of course, reduce the risk of injuries

Plus it will teach them all about good sportsmanship

Always check that the sports club your child is joining has a registered First Aider and Team/Player Insurance

3. Player Skill & Size2 football players fighting over the ball trying to tackle each other

One thing that can’t really be avoided that might make injuries more frequent is the size of the other children that they are playing the sport with

These days kids are huge compared to when I was younger and not all of them grow at the same rate

So this one is down to the coach to know who to put up against who, especially in Rugby training

Obviously, you are not going to have a choice during a game against another team but it is better to put kids who are around the same height, build, and skill level up against one another

Speaking about the skill level, have a chat with the coach first and let them know the skill level of your child

They can then put them into the appropriate group within the team so that they won’t get frustrated that they aren’t as good as everyone else

4. Strong Muscles & FlexibilityArm being tensed vector

You should already know that having flexible and stronger muscles will make it less likely for them to get damaged

I’m not saying that they won’t get damaged at all

But the stronger and more flexible they are the more they will be able to deal with the stresses and strains whilst you are competing in any sport

Make sure you exercise regularly and stretch before and after every training session or sport you play

That will keep your muscles from getting weak and stopping you from reaching your potential

You should only do the exercises and stretching which are appropriate for your age

So don’t start slamming heavy weights if you are only 10-years-old

5. Take BreaksWoman sitting in a bench next to a bottle of water and 2 dumbbells

Not taking any breaks during a training session is going to make you fatigued and you will lose concentration

And that is when you are going to be more prone to injuries

Take a few minutes out when you need to, go and grab a drink of water to keep hydrated or just take some time to sit down and do some light stretching

Not only that, you should be taking at least 2 days off a week from any training or sporting activities to let your body re-cooperate

6. Don’t be a HeroSuperman silhouette with a red superman emblem on it

When I say ‘Don’t be a Hero’ I’m not saying you shouldn’t do everything you can for yourself and your team

What I mean is that if you feel that something isn’t right with your body or if you have any pain while you are doing any kind of sport

You shouldn’t play through the pain!

It’s not going to do you any favours if you hurt yourself and keep on playing sport

Just let your coach or a first aider know what the problem is no matter how minor you might think it is because if you don’t get it treated straight away you will only be doing more damage

And you wouldn’t want to be out of action for too long, would you?

Any Questions?

We are never completely going to stop injuries happening to our children playing sports

But we can do our very best to ensure that they are as safe as they can be so that they enjoy it with the least amount of injuries, or none at all, and learn something different

If you have any questions at all about Sports And Injury Prevention

Or anything on this post then please feel free to leave them below in the comment section and I will get back to you as soon as I can

Even if you have your own sports prevention tips to share with everyone, just leave them below

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16 comments on “Sports And Injury Prevention


Hey Shwni, read your post on football injuries very good topic, I think you are right on being prepared with the right equipment and size. Far to often, children will use equipment that’s not right for them, just so they can get to play. This is also endangering them to greater injury.


It is a problem that happens too much unfortunately so when I coach the children in rugby I make sure to check all their safety equipment before each game and training session to be sure it’s all ok.


Your post is a helpful one. Some of the injuries that children suffer affect them later on in life. If we can prevent them now it would be a step in the right direction.I agree that we have no control over the size of the other players. I usually asked coaches to give their best supervision if my child is playing with a much bigger student. I would want to know about accidents so I can get help for my child.

I agree that the coach should be informed about the skill level of children so that they can be grouped properly.
Do you thing improper grouping of players can be blamed for some accidents?
This is an awesome post.


I really do believe that the improper grouping of players plays a huge part in sports injuries in children. In New Zealand, they don’t play in age groups in rugby, they go by size which I think is much better. Maybe that’s why they are one of the best rugby teams in the world?


I really like the fact that you advise parents to take their kids for a physical to see if their fit to play BEFORE they sign up and fill out any medical forms for your team. In lifeguarding, we often talk about prevention being the best medicine. I have a personal story about how, if I had done one of these such evaluations as a young man, doctors would have found cause to recommend that I not pursue American football. Thankfully, no major injuries occurred! 


Thats good to hear, you can never be too careful


Wow! This is some really good advice about keeping our little athletes safe and healthy!

People don’t realize how important that preseason health check really is until someone in their circle finds something major wrong. Seeing the doctor first is always the best advice prior to athletics at any age, but during developmental years is is absolutely vital.

Heck, I took up jogging a few months ago and did not talk to my doctor first. I thought I was gonna have to see him after my first jog for sure!

Do the kids play rugby by the same rules that I see men play on TV? Are they more protected, or less?

I wish American football would adopt some of the uniform standards that I see on Rugby players as I think it would actually reduce injuries.

Thank you again for another very informative and useful article!


It really depends on the age group really, at age 9 they start to tackle but don’t really use all the full adult rules until 13+


Informative, my kids’ idea of sports is riding their skateboards.  Even though they’re in their late teens, I worry constantly about them getting injured.  I bought them helmets, knee and elbow pads but if I’m not around, they usually go without their safety gear.  That’s some great info for parents that want their kids involved in full contact sports and I agree that prevention is better than a cure cause once injured, it’s just never the same after that.


Haha, thgats exactly what my kids would do. Lol


I’ve got a lot of injuries by playing football (soccer) over the years. When I was 10 I broke my arm… When I was 16 I broke my elbow. And when I was 24 I broke my ankle… LOL

I got all of those injuries because I wanted to be a hero… I always gave the sport my all even when I couldn’t keep up anymore.

I guess, I shouldn’t be that competitive if I want to maintain my physical integrity 😛


Being a Hero doesn’t always work out


This is an excellent article that i would love to  share with the coach of my son team Unfortunately not every coach and every parent taken in consideration all the aspects tou have been mentioning in your post and in reality every single one its important when we want to keep safe our children 


Spot on Barbara 

Nate Stone

Hi Shwni,

Interesting article, to be honest I’d always thought of kids getting injured when playing sports is just a part of what happens and the game so to speak. What I hadn’t considered previously is getting children checked over by a doctor before they begin playing, my youngest (he’s 8) is asking to try boxing and I’ll definitely be getting checked over by a doctor before hand.


Of course, any age can get injuries during sports but if they are quite young and new to the game then it’s best to get them checked out to see if their bodies can take the sport that they want to play


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