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Prevent Sports Injuries in Your Young Athlete

Balls. Bats. Bruises. Sports injuries are common in young athletes. But the physical demands, equipment, and skills needed for each sport are different. It’s important to know what to look out for in which sport to protect against injury. The following tips listed by popular outdoor sport can help you and your children get into a game plan of safety.


  • Wear shin guards for every practice and every game.

  • Choose well-fitting shoes with molded or multi-studded cleats.

  • Be aware of poor field conditions that can increase injury rates.

  • Make sure to use equipment that lowers injury risk, such as anchored goals.


  • Pitchers should avoid pitching on consecutive days and rotate playing other positions.

  • Catchers should wear helmets, masks, chest-and-neck protectors, and shin guards.

  • Children who are batting need to wear a helmet.

  • Safe equipment includes breakaway bases.


  • Use knee pads and wear shoes that offer good shock absorption and provide strong support for ankles and arches.

  • “Call” the ball to reduce collisions.

  • To prevent overturning the net, never grab it or hang on to the supports.

  • Any wires that hold up the net should be covered with soft material.

  • Before playing, check outside courts for glass or other sharp objects.





Online Medical Reviewer: Godsey, Cynthia, MSN, APRN, MSHE, FNP-BC
Online Medical Reviewer: Pierce-Smith, Daphne, RN, MSN, CCRC
Date Last Reviewed: 2/1/2019
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