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Hitchcock Healthcare Offers Tips on Youth Sports Safety

web posted April 7, 2014

PSA – April is National Youth Sports Safety Month. With baseball, softball and soccer seasons under way, it is important to remember the safety of the athletes playing these sports. Safety is the key to helping prevent sports injuries.  Below is a safety checklist for coaches and parents.

  • Clear the playing field of debris or foreign objects.
  • Inspect the playing field for holes in the ground.
  • Check the conditions of fences, backstops, bases and goals.
  • Insure proper fit of protective gear for each player.
  • Have a first aid kit available on side lines or in dugouts.
  • Conduct a warm up prior to games and a cool down after games.
  • Hydrate throughout the game.
  • Don’t allow players to “play through the pain”.
  • Be conscious of pitch counts to avoid overuse injuries.
  • Insure proper technique of “heading” the ball to reduce concussions .
  • Encourage players to communicate any pain they experience during/after play.

Good luck and stay safe!

For more information on sports safety contact Hitchcock Healthcare at (803) 637-1801.
Hitchcock Healthcare, a community owned organization, exists to provide excellent healthcare that respects individuals through supportive and restorative services across their life span. Hitchcock Healthcare is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. 






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