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Ways To Prevent Sports Injuries That Kids Might Sustain

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Prevention is Better Than Cure

As this is a website about Football (Or Soccer If You Prefer) and Rugby I will mainly be talking about the Ways To Prevent Football & Rugby Injuries That Kids Might Sustain as I am a Rugby Coach myself for my local Under 12s Team but this advice works for all sports so it can help any parent 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, What do you think 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 stopping them playing the sports that they love.

Fit And Healthy Childrendoctor checking a child's health

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

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

Safety Kit and Safe Coachessoccer coach talking to one of his players

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

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

Skill and Sizetwo soccer players trying to get the soccer ball

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 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 so that they can 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.

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 Ways To Prevent Sports Injuries That Kids Might SustainĀ 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.

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10 comments on “Ways To Prevent Sports Injuries That Kids Might Sustain

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


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