Can you believe Memorial Day is Monday? We’re in the home stretch of the school year and (at least in my house) in the thick of baseball and softball season. This is truly one of my favorite times of the year. Even though it can be exhausting, I love sitting in the beautiful weather watching my kids play ball. Between tournaments and their weekly league games and practice, there is rarely a night that isn’t occupied by some sort of sporting activity.
If you’re anything like me, your brain is so full of schedules and keeping track of who needs to be where and when, that you can sometimes forget other things that keep your children safe during the summer sporting seasons. So here is my helpful little reminder, parent to parent, on keeping your kid safe this summer.
- Sunscreen. This is a big one, we often will put sunscreen on right away but then completely forget to reapply until it is too late. And often, we as parents forget to apply on ourselves at all. If you’re going to be outside, do yourself a favor and put on that sunscreen.
- Hydrate. Kids are usually pretty good at this one, although if things get exciting they might need some gentle reminding. As spectators we also need to hydrate. Sitting in the hot sun can really take it out of you, so even though you may not be the one out there playing, make sure you remember to stay hydrated as well.
- Proper Equipment. I know, I know…believe me, I get it, it seems as if you’re constantly buying equipment, cleats, etc, but having proper equipment (that fits) your child is a must in keeping them safe.
- Rest. It is easy to let the bedtimes and structure slide a little during the summer, but make sure your child is getting the proper rest, especially before games/tournaments. Being properly rested can be key to avoiding injuries due to being unable to maintain focus.
- Warm up. Warming up prepares the muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints and heart for the demands of playing sports.
- Observe. Be aware of the signs of injury and concussions. Keep an eye on your child for these signs and don’t push them to participate if they are injured.
- Respect. Emphasize to your child to have respect for their coaches, teammates, umpires, opposing teams and the game itself. Many times injuries happen when individuals aren’t paying attention or listening to those in charge, and these can easily be avoided.
- Have fun. All of the tips above are a lot easier to follow if both you and your child are having fun.
Enjoy the season and good luck!