September 19, 2012

Sports injury prevention tips for your childcare provider

2 minutes
Advice for host families

As part of our au pairs’ continuing education during their time in the U.S., local childcare coordinators for Cultural Care Au Pair facilitate three Continuing Safety Education units per year. These units, created in partnership with Safe Kids USA remind au pairs about seasonal safety issues to keep in mind as they strive to keep their host children happy and safe. In addition to these core topics. Safe Kids USA reviews many other safety information online, one of which is sports injury prevention—an apropos topic for fall.
The following sports injury prevention tips compiled by Safe Kids USA are great for parents to review themselves and to share with their childcare providers.

Regardless of how or where injuries occur, the answer is not to take your kids out of sports altogether. According to studies, playing sports has been show to improve their health, help them make friends, positively impact their self-esteem, help them succeed at school and prompt them to become more active with their family.
So, what can we do as parents and caregivers to protect our children? SafeKids Worldwide recommends that athletes and their parents educate themselves on sports injury prevention and put what they learn into practice. They should also support coaches and officials in making decisions to prevent serious injuries.

Make sure children are prepared for the demands of playing a sport.
Adult supervision is essential.
Ask about the safety-related policies of your local sports leagues.
Use of appropriate safety equipment is important.

Here’s to a safe fall season!