Sports Injuries & Your Children

on April 3, 2014 by Gene M. Lerner

SFTH 09Did you know that sports and recreation activities are one of the leading causes of injuries to children? This is often a shocking revelation to parents. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 2.6 million children 0-19 years old are treated in the emergency department each year for sports and recreation-related injuries.  Thus, it is essential for parents to take every precaution to protect their children while also encouraging them to be physically active.

There are several steps you can take to protect your children while they are playing sports or otherwise participating in recreational activities:

  • Use protective gear. The use of helmets, knee or elbow pads, life vests and other similar types of protective gear can significantly reduce the seriousness of any injury. It is important to ensure the gear is in good condition and worn correctly.
  • Educate and practice. Teaching children how to participate in the activity and taking time to practice is essential to their safety. Slowly easing into the sport helps ensure that your child is physically fit to safely undertake the physical demands of the activity and how to use proper form in tackling, sliding, kicking, throwing, catching or other demands of the sport.
  • Watch the weather. Children are vulnerable to extremes in the weather. If it is hot and humid, you should take measures to prevent over-exhaustion or dehydration. If it is cold or windy, your child should be dressed.
  • Practice what you preach. Your children will follow your example, so make sure you take proper safety measures and are a good role model.

If you or your child have been injured by another party’s negligence while playing sports or participating in a recreational activity, we can help you recover the maximum compensation available for your damages.

If you have been hurt by another partys negligence, you need help. Contact Slater, Tenaglia, Fritz & Hunt to schedule a free consultation and learn how we can help you recover the damages suffered by your personal injury.  We proudly serve individuals throughout New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.  We can be contacted by phone at (201) 820-6001 in New Jersey or (212) 692-0200 in New York. We can also be found on the Internet, LinkedIn, Twitter, Google+ and Youtube. And remember, we handle all of our personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis, which means you do not pay our fees unless we recover for you. Like us on Facebook.