Thursday, May 08, 2014

Parents! Question the kids' athletic programs

You can't send your precious kids out to play vigorous sports without knowing how serious the school is about protecting them.

This is not a matter of faith. It's a matter of research.

The National Athletic Trainers Association says find out who comprises the sports medicine team. Sometimes schools rely on trainers or parents with first aid training--look into this. NATA says the coach should not be making medical decisions.

Does your school or league have an action plan in case of emergencies?  Who--specifically--will be there to render aid.

Is all athletic equipment in working order? This includes frield goals, flooring, gymastics apparatus, and so on. Also--check medical equipment once a month.

Be sure coaches are qualified and don't lets kids do things that are ill-advised or too dangerous. All should have CPR training.

Clean showers and locker rooms to kill dangerous pathogens. Don't let kids share towels, razors, water bottles and other gear.

Many schools have Automated External Defibrillators--be sure someone can use it.  Also make sure they are on the sidelines--every time.

You may not get a second chance to check all this.

For more info--go to NATA.org.


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