Safety in exercise is the most important thing you can do as a parent. Whether it’s starting their first gymnastics class as a toddler or playing sports as a teenager. Always be sure to check with coaches or professionals to make sure that you have the proper safety equipment for any exercise or sports that your child will be undertaking.
Depending on the activity, you could need any of the following: helmets, eye protection, mouth guards, wrist/elbow/knee guards, pads, protective cups, and the proper footwear. Your child obviously doesn’t need all this for every sport, you don’t want him/her to be the kid wrapped in bubble wrap, but you do want to make sure safety is important. Be sure to have the equipment properly sized for your child and that you both know the proper way to wear it. The bottom line is: Wearing the right equipment with the right fit dramatically decreases your chances of getting hurt.
Now that you have the right safety equipment its important that you and your child exercise safely as well. You never want to rush into anything without warming up. Be sure to stretch your muscles and increase the blood flow first. It’s also important to have practice sessions for whatever sport or activity being participated in. This allows your child to know the rules of the game and the movements required. You wouldn’t ask your child to do a button hook route or triple axel without learning what it is first. Practice doesn’t always make perfect in sports and activities, but it does reduce the risk of injury.
The last piece of advice when it comes to exercise safety, is take the time to heal. If your child has the flu, you wouldn’t let them play. The same goes with injury. If a rolled ankle is an issue, don’t let them run around the neighborhood like a hooligan or continue to play the sport. Make sure the injury is properly healed before resuming strenuous play and sports. Doctors are your best friend in these scenarios. Be sure to listen to all advice and remember following rules, regulations, or proper techniques, isn’t to restrict your chile— they’re there to keep your child safe and injury free.