1. Every child should receive a physical exam by a primary care physician prior to athletic participation.
2. Alert the coach to any medical problems and special equipment that your child requires e.g., mouth guard, protective glasses, rescue inhaler, EpiPen, etc.
3. Take an active role in your child’s safety. Know who is qualified to assist your child if an injury should occur.
4. The coach is not the only one who should be CPR/ First Aid certified. Contact your local Red Cross or American Heart Association for upcoming certification classes.
5. Train your child to speak up if something does not feel right. Hiding pain increases the chances of an injury worsening.
6. Check your child’s equipment regularly. Replace or fix any faulty pieces immediately. Clean and disinfect, too.
7. Clean and cover all wounds immediately. Use hydrogen peroxide for the first cleaning, then use soap and water.
8. Keep any open wounds covered at all times during athletic activities. The staph infection MRSA is becoming very common in the athletic setting. The key to prevention is good hygiene. Shower after all events and do not share towels, razors, wash cloths, sponges, etc. Switch to liquid soap at the bathroom sink.
9. Before practices or games, help the coach by walking the field looking for potential hazards such as sprinkler heads, rocks, broken glass, ant hills, etc.