MoGo Sport is dedicated to promoting awareness on Youth Sports Safety. Young athletes are often unaware of the dangers that come with being involved in sports. It is up to parents, coaches and administrators to educate themselves and others on the risks and necessary precautions to take in order to protect the well-being of children playing sports.
The following are some very alarming statistics on youth sport safety:
- There were 120 sports-related deaths last year
- Each day 8,000 children are treated in emergency rooms for sports-related injuries
- Ages 15-17 experience the highest rate of emergency room visits for sports injuries
- High School athletes suffer 2 million injuries, 500,000 doctor visits and 30,000 hospitalizations each year
- There are 3 times as many catastrophic football injuries among high school athletes as college athletes
- 62% of organized sports-related injuries occur during practices
- Only 42% of schools national fall short of the federally recommended nurse-to-student ratio
Source: Youth Sports Safety Alliance
It is impossible to entirely remove the presence of injuries in the sports world. However, improving awareness will minimize the severity of such injuries and reduce the frequency in which they occur. It is not only important to help spread awareness about the risk that comes with being involved in youth sports, but it is imperative to take precautionary measures for the future. The Youth Sports Safety Alliance is asking various groups to commit to the same guidelines that they have already agreed to follow:
- Ensure that youth athletes have access to health care professionals who are qualified to make assessments and decisions
- Educate parents, athletes, coaches, teachers and others about the signs and symptoms of sports injuries and conditions
- Ensure pre-participation exams before play begins and, where appropriate, conduct baseline testing; visit our MoGo Page dealing with this subject @ http://www.mogosport.com/concussion-testing-awareness
- Ensure that sports equipment, uniforms, playing surfaces and environmental conditions are checked for safety and best conditions
- Write to state legislations and members of Congress, expressing concerns.
- Educate players and others that there’s a difference between pain and injury, and work to eliminate the culture of “playing through pain” without assessment.
- Ensure that both general and sport-specific safety education be a priority for every administrator, coach, parent and player
For more information please visit www.youthsportssafetyalliance.org
Some of the groups that are now working with the Youth Sports Safety Alliance include but are not limited to the American College of Sports Medicine, the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, the National Athletic Trainers’ Association and the National Center for Sports Safety. For a full list of alliance members visit http://www.youthsportssafetyalliance.org/AllianceMembers.htm
Here at MoGo Sport we want to help educate those that are involved in sports and make them aware of the risk and consequences that come with avoiding youth sports injuries. The fact that our mouthguards are flavored will motivate youth athletes to constantly wear their mouthguard. As we like to say here, “ MoGo Mouthguards are the mouthguard that stays in your mouth.” For more information on MoGo Sport you can visit our website at www.mogosport.com.
It is critical for parents and coaches to help motivate children who are playing youth sports to stay positive and have fun. Too often young athletes get frustrated after they don’t meet their high expectations and then they proceed to give up.
Young kids feel like they need to get a hit every time they’re at-bat or make every basket they shoot. The truth of the matter is that these goals and expectations are impossible to achieve. It’s great for these young athletes to be ambitious and goal-oriented, but it is essential to their success that they set reachable goals.
When young athletes get frustrated it is often related to their expectations. They want to be perfect in their play when realistically all they are doing is setting themselves up for failure and disappointment. It is inevitable that children are going to drop passes or miss goals or make errors. It’s important for parents and coaches to understand that children’s unattainable goals can be detrimental to their experience.
When kids are constantly thinking about their high and often unrealistic expectations it takes away from their performance. They focus on achieving their goals more than playing the game and having fun. As soon as the child makes a mistake or two and the goals become out of reach, they get frustrated and sometimes tend to give up. Once they lose their confidence and their attitude weakens, performance drops along with their enthusiasm.
As sports parents and coaches, you need to help children establish realistic goals that can actually be achieved. Helping them improve on little things will add up to bigger achievements in the long run. Having high expectations that are rarely accomplished take away from a child’s confidence and overall experience with a game they are supposed to be having fun with. Help keep kids motivated by helping them set goals that they can reach. The sense of accomplishment that comes with successfully obtaining a goal will help build a child’s confidence and improve on their performance, ultimately resulting in them having an enjoyable experience.