Monday, August 18, 2014

Mom, Dad--Check out the athletic program

I know I am doing "kids" a lot, but it's back to school time, so bear with.

The National Athletic Trainers' Association has some words to the sports-wise parent.

If your child is going out for a sport, see who is in charge of the sports medicine. Ask to see their creds. Decisions should be made my trainers and doctors, not parents.

Does the school, league or venue have an emergency plan? This should be in writing and reviewed by the local Emergency Service. What supplies should be on hand--and are on hand.

Is all equipment working? Spine boards, splint devices, and Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs).

How qualified are the coaches? They should know the sport and have a background in it. Same for volunteers.

Also, check out the locker room--is it clean and taken care of regularly? You don't want fungus and MRSA.

Other tips--Follow all rules for checkups prior to school.

And be sure the child wants to be in the sport and is physically and psychologically prepared.

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