Preventing childhood sports injuries

Safe Kids Miami-Dade County

Unintentional injuries are one of the leading causes of death among children.  Most of these injuries are preventable.  At Nicklaus Children's Hospital, formerly Miami Children's Hospital, we are committed to keeping children safe. Nicklaus Children's Hospital, formerly Miami Children's Hospital, is the Proud Lead Organization for the Miami-Dade County SAFE KIDS Coalition.
The Miami-Dade County SAFE KIDS Coalition is comprised of public, private and voluntary organizations united and committed to identify and significantly reduce unintentional deaths and injuries to the children of South Florida.  We respond to the needs of our community by providing professional education, practical training programs, and legislative initiatives essential to promote the safety and well being of our children.

Use of appropriate safety equipment is essential.
Children should always wear sport-specific, properly fitting safety gear when participating in sports activities.
Make sure children are prepared for the demands of playing a sport.
  • All children should receive a general health exam before enrolling in a sports program.
  • Provide children with proper training and skills-building when they are learning a new sport, so that they are physically and psychologically conditioned for its demands.
  • Ensure that children drink an adequate amount of liquids while engaging in athletic activities. Provide frequent rest periods during hot or humid weather.

Adult supervision is necessary. 
  • Adults should be present at all times to ensure a safe playing environment and the enforcement of safety rules.
  • Group children according to skill level, weight and physical maturity, especially for contact sports.

Ask about the safety-related policies of your local sports leagues. 
  • Coaches and other on-field personnel should be trained in first aid and CPR. 

For more information about SAFE KIDS or for additional age specific safety tips, log on to:  . The Miami Dade County SafeKids Coordinator at Nicklaus Children's Hospital, formerly Miami Children's Hospital, can be reached at 305-663-6800. 

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