Preventing Summertime Injuries in Kids

Published 07/14 2014 06:46AM

Updated 07/14 2014 06:49AM

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- We are in the throes of summertime fun and for a lot of kids that could lead to summertime injuries.

Nearly 12 million kids visit the emergency room each year for injuries, but does it all come down to playgrounds and sports during the summer?

Daphne Greenlee is with Safe Kids Springfield. She visited the KOLR10 newsroom to give us advice on how to make it through the summer without any major bumps or bruises.

Safe Kids Springfield is a good place for more information. You can reach them at 417-820-6671.

Here are some tips for summertime fun:
  • Wear protective gear - Helmets are the most common form of protective gear to protect a person's head and brain. These should be used if playing a number of sports, including baseball, softball, biking, skateboarding and inline skating, just to name a few. Also protective padding in contact sports is always a good idea.
  • Prevent drowning -Supervise young children at all times, learn cpr and make sure children wear life jackets when boating or in lakes or the ocean.
  • Show respect for others - For example, make sure children don't throw objects that can harm people or dive in pools where somebody may be swimming below.
  • Play by the rules - If a child play sports outdoors, make sure they listen to coaches and respect the rules of the game. A cheap shot can seriously injure someone.
  • Don’t play injured - If a child already has an injury, let it heal before playing again. Make sure to check with a doctor and get clearance before restarting physical activity.

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