Sports Safety - Identifying High-Risk Situations
- faulty or ill-fitting safety gear and equipment
- inappropriate skill, weight, and/or physical and psychological maturity level for the sport
- lack of adult supervision
- lack of appropriate hydration
- unsafe playing environment
- lack of enforced sports rules
A special note about sports-related stress:The pressure to win when participating in sports, a poor relationship with a coach, or frustration about never getting to play in games can affect a child negatively. Signs that your child may be suffering from stress related to a sport may include the following:
- loss of appetite
- sleeping more than usual
- withdrawn from friends, family, and/or activities
- Make sure your child is in the appropriate age and skill group for that sport.
- The rules and playing ground should be amended to make the sports fair for all who play (such as lowering the basketball goal or shortening the distance of a race).
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