How to protect children from injuries
Soccer is a rapidly growing youth sport for girls and boys. Youth athletes participate in this widely accessible activity through their school teams or club sessions, or they might play it with their friends just for fun. As in any sport, though, there’s always the risk of accidents and injury.
How to protect children from injuries?
- Choosing the right shoes: Football shoes must be appropriate for the child’s foot size and age, and must provide adequate support for the feet and ankles.
- Warming up the body before exercising: Warming up the body helps increase blood flow to the muscles, which reduces the risk of injury.
- Training in correct playing techniques: Training in correct playing techniques helps reduce the risk of injury.
- Wear protective equipment: Children should wear appropriate protective equipment, such as a helmet and bandages, to protect against injuries.
- Supervision by adults: There must be adults supervising children while playing football, to ensure their safety.
Here are some additional tips to protect children from soccer injuries:
- Starting to play at an early age: Starting to play at an early age can help children develop basic soccer skills, reducing the risk of injury.
- Regular training: Regular training helps strengthen muscles and joints, reducing the risk of injury.
- Adequate rest: Children need adequate rest between training and matches, which helps prevent injuries.
The most common injuries that children can suffer while playing football:
- Concussions: This is a type of head injury that can cause a variety of symptoms, including headaches, dizziness, nausea, and memory loss.
- Sprains and sprains: caused by stretching or tearing a muscle or ligament.
- Head injuries: can be caused by collisions with another player, the ball or the ground.
- Fractures: are broken bones.