As winter descends on the Washington D.C. area, youth sports rivalries tend to heat up. As you (or your children) prepare for the big homecoming game or other key match, consider these 4 safety tips about how to protect your body during your sport’s “crunch time.”
#1. Wear proper head protection, particularly if you play a dangerous sport like cycling, hockey, football, skiing or snowboarding.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, brain injuries cause more deaths among people under 45 than any other type of accident and lead to 2.5 million hospitalizations and 50,000 deaths a year in the U.S.
#2. Prepare for accidents.
If you’re a skier or snowboarder, learn how to fall properly, so that you don’t break your legs or hurt your knees. “Fall” in a controlled fashion. Likewise, if you’re a wrestler or a football player or basketball player, think through accident-related contingences. Your coach should help you prepare and recognize potential injuries.
#3. Mind the weather.
Youth athletes tend to think of themselves as indestructible. They might forgo wearing coats when it’s frigid outside or play through a nasty ice squall just because their friends are playing. As the Boys Scouts wisely admonish: “be prepared.” Dress for the weather, and respect the weather. Such caution won’t necessarily prevent injuries, but it can keep you alert and prevent secondary problems, such as hypothermia, which can make injuries worse.
#4. Play hard, but don’t suffer in silence if you get hurt.
Especially in youth sports, the social pressure to “walk it off” or ignore the pain if you “get your bell rung” can be quite intense. Unfortunately, these consequences of failing to acknowledge a concussion or other nasty injury can be life-threatening. Someone who has recently been concussed, for instance, is at risk for a second impact injury, which can lead to bleeding in the brain, contusions, brain damage and death.
If someone you love suffered an injury while engaging in a winter sport, please consider calling the experienced Washington D.C. traumatic brain injury lawyers at Regan, Zambri & Long for a confidential and thorough free consultation.
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