Spring Sports Safety Tips

With the winter chill giving way to warmer days, spring sports are back on the calendar in Fairhope schools. From the baseball field to the fairways, our kids are gearing up for another exciting season. But  as much as sports are about fun, competition, and teamwork, they also come with a risk of injuries. At Urgent Care of Fairhope, we’re here to provide some friendly advice on keeping your young athletes safe and sound this spring season.

Prepare for a Safe Spring Season

  • Be sure your student is in sport-ready shape with a sports physical, or a pre-participation physical evaluation (PPE). This quick and painless exam involves reviewing medical history, performing basic vital tests, and ensuring they are healthy enough to play sports. You can get one easily at our walk-in clinic six days per week.
  • In case of an emergency, provide your athlete’s coaches with important information like contact numbers, the name of their doctor, and any health conditions that require special attention.

Stay Hydrated

  • Alabama springs can get warm. Ensure your child stays hydrated during practices and games by keeping them supplied with cool water or oral rehydration fluids.
  • Encourage student players to drink fluids 30 minutes before practice and every 15-20 minutes during activity.
  • Learn the signs and symptoms of dehydration and other heat-related illnesses.

Wear Protective Gear

  • Use appropriate and properly-fitting protective gear to reduce the risk of serious injury.
  • Wear all possible sport-appropriate gear, including helmets, protective padding and cups, mouthguards, gloves, athletic supporters, sunscreen, and facemasks.
  • Shoes should have molded plastic cleats, not metal spikes.

Warm Up and Stretching

  • Athletes should always warm up their muscles before practice or games to reduce muscle tension and prevent tears or strains.
  • A proper warm-up can include 10-15 minutes of light activity, dynamic stretches, and static muscle holds for 20-30 seconds each.

Reserve Time for Rest

  • Overtraining can lead to injuries. Make sure your child follows a balanced training schedule and takes at least one day off each week.
  • Ensure your child gets the proper amount of sleep, especially on nights before games or intense practice sessions.
  • Most experts discourage year-round sports participation, as this can lead to burnout and overuse injuries. Encourage the importance of an off-season to shine on and off the field.

Stay Alert and Aware

  • Learn how to spot the signs of a concussion, especially if your child plays a high-contact sport. This can include headaches, dizziness, loss of balance, difficulty concentrating and blurry vision. Teach your child to recognize these signs and report them immediately.
  • Any athlete with a suspected concussion should immediately be removed from play and cleared by a medical professional before returning.
  • Be sure your child knows not to “tough it out.” Encourage them to listen to their body and talk to you or their coach at the first sign of pain, dizziness, shortness of breath, or exhaustion.

Urgent Care of Fairhope isn’t just a healthcare clinic; we’re a part of your community. We understand the importance of keeping our young athletes safe and healthy. Remember, accidents happen, and when they do, we’re here to help. From sprains and strains to more serious injuries, our walk-in clinic is equipped to handle a range of sports-related accidents.

Enjoy the spring sports season but remember, if you ever need us, we’re just around the corner. Stay safe and Go Pirates!

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