Sweet Summer Sports!

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READY, SET, HUT-HUT! Having a child who participates in sports can be a rewarding experience for the athlete as well as for you, the cheerleading parent. Some minor sport related injuries might seem unavoidable, but there are tips to share with your children about how to avoid injuries while playing sports, to make the season WINNING!

  • Let’s get physical: don’t forget your general health exam before enrolling in a sport
  • Warm as the sun: Warm up and stretch before playing
  • Cool as a cucumber: Cool down and stretch after playing
  • Spread good cheer, wear safety gear: Depending on the sport, know and use the proper safety gear
  • Sunny side up: If playing outside, wear SPF 15 or higher sunscreen
  • Take it in: Drink lots of liquids
  • Bench warmer: Don’t play if you are hurt or feel ill
  • Star player: Practice good sportsmanship. This goes for athletes, fans and coaches! Being a member of a team is a great way to learn responsibility, build character and make friends.

Dehydration Signs

  • Thirst
  • Dry or sticky mouth
  • Headache
  • Muscle cramps
  • Irritability
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Weakness
  • Dizziness
  • Decreased performance

Heat Exhaustion Signs

  • Nausea
  • Feeling faint or dizzy
  • Heavy sweating
  • Rapid, weak heartbeat
  • Dark colored urine
  • Cool, moist pale skin
  • Cramps
  • Headache
  • Fatigue

What to do, if the heat gets you

  • Move to a cool place
  • Drink cool, lightly salted water or sport drink
  • Raise legs 8-12 inches
  • Sponge head, face and trunk with cool, wet cloths
  • Fan the athlete
  • Keep athlete from physical activity
  • Consult a physician

Heads-Up!

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CONCUSSIONS are not a game you want to play! If you suspect a player may have a concussion you should remove them from the game AND seek professional medical help. The player should ONLY return after being cleared by a doctor. Signs and symptoms of a concussion: http://www.cdc.gov/concussion/signs_symptoms.html.  Previous Lexlee’s Kids article: http://www.lexleeskids.org/category/sport-safety.

Join hands with Lexlee’s Kids in caring for your kid’s safety!   If you have questions or concerns about sport safety, post here or contact Lexlee’s Kids at (225) 372-3991.

Don’t Butt Heads about Safety!

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According to a study published in the journal of Pediatrics in June 2011, football is considered the deadliest sport among young athletes, followed by track and field, baseball, and boxing.  Second Impact Syndrome is considered the cause of those high numbers because young athletes are returning to the activity too soon after a concussion. The second impact so soon after a concussion or head injury can lead to a fatal head or neck injury.  Although some of these athletes are cleared to play by parents, coaches and/or trainers, adults need to become more  knowledgeable about the symptoms and risks of repeat concussions.

Dr. Barry Maron, the author of the study expresses, “It’s obviously a coaching and medical issue to avoid this, independent of the equipment used, so football players do not return prematurely to play.”

Allowing your child to return to the field without an exam by a physician could have irreversible consequences.  Concussion symptoms include dizziness, headache, disorientation, seizures, and memory loss.  Twenty-one states, including Louisiana, have put regulations in place to have a physician clear a player for competition in order to return following a concussion or head injury.  When in doubt, always consult a physician. No scholarship, letter jacket or competition is worth risking your child’s life.

Join hands with Lexlee’s Kids in caring for your kid’s safety!   If you have questions or concerns about sport safety, post here or contact Lexlee’s Kids at (225) 372-3991.