Football is the leading cause of school sports injuries. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in 2012, approximately 1,242,491 people were treated for football-related injuries in hospital emergency rooms, doctors’ offices, and clinics.
Proper Preparation for Play
Ensure Proper Equipment
Protective equipment is one of the most important factors in reducing the risk of injury in football. According to Pop Warner Football, Official Rule Book, players should have the following protective gear:
Prepare for Injuries
Coaches should be knowledgeable about first aid and be able to administer it for minor injuries, such as facial cuts, bruises, or minor strains and sprains.
Be prepared for emergencies. All coaches should have a plan to reach medical personnel for help with more significant injuries such as concussions, dislocations, contusions, sprains, abrasions, and fractures.
Safe Return to Play
An injured player’s symptoms must be completely gone before returning to play. For example:
Here are some additional strategies for parents and coaches to help young athletes prevent back-to-school sports injuries: