Kids and concussions - use your head!

Football safety and injury prevention tips for kids

With football season about to kick off, parents around the country worry about their student-athlete’s health. Because it is a high-impact, contact sport, football is the nation's leading cause of school-sport injuries due to the overuse of certain muscles or sudden injuries.

While you can’t be on the sideline or on the field with them, you want to make sure your child is safe. From peewee football to high school football, here are some helpful tips to keep your student-athlete safe and in the game.

Know the signs of a concussion

Back in the day, seeing stars was just another part of the game. Today, however, scientists and doctors understand the significance of concussion. Similar to any other injury, make sure they do not play after having concussion-like symptoms as it could lead to irreversible brain damage.

If your child has any combination of these symptoms after a game or practice, please bring them to our Peds-friendly ER or schedule an appointment with their pediatrician as soon as possible.

  • Vomiting
  • Memory loss
  • Confusion
  • Dilated pupils
  • Feeling dizzy
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Mood swings or extreme lethargy

Make sure they have the right equipment

Football gear can be expensive, especially if your athlete is growing faster than a weed. Before the season starts, make sure they have helmets, pads, cleats and mouth guards that fit them properly and that are worn correctly to avoid injury.

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