Playing sports is very entertaining and healthy, but it also involves risks, including falls and blows to the head that can have very serious consequences.There are measures you can take to counteract the danger, some as simple as wearing a helmet, especially if you love to ride a bike, skate or skate. Safety is vital even in fun, never forget that!
Playing sports is a lot of fun, both for adults and children, but it also has its risks and getting hurt or injured can be easier than it seems. When Clara was 8 years old, she tripped on the cement while she was skating on the bicycle of her brother Pedro, who was 11 years old at the time. The result was a great scratch on the knee that took months to heal, although it could have been much worse: both were without helmets and could have given a fatal blow to the head.
Bicycling, rollerblading or skateboarding are some of the favorite sports of children and teenagers, but they also cause the most injuries. To protect your children, and yourself, follow a very important rule: do not ride bicycles, skates or skateboards without wearing a protective helmet. The helmet is one of the most used protection elements for sports. Each practice has its own in particular: the helmet for riding a bicycle is not the same as one for playing rugby. That’s why, when you have to select one, make sure it’s the right one for your game. Keep in mind that the helmet should stay perfectly adjusted to the head, so that you do not stay big or small. And if you have a strap to tie it, do not leave it loose. Adjust it accordingly or you will fall when you need it most.
Remember also to buy products endorsed by organizations specialized in different sports, which guarantee their quality.
All these indications are also valid for adults, who are not less likely to be injured because they are older. In addition, it is a good way to teach by example to the little ones.
Even using a helmet, it is possible that an accident occurs and the head receives a great impact. These are the symptoms you should watch for:
- If the child or adult loses consciousness due to the stroke, it is necessary to go immediately to the doctor or to a nearby hospital.
- Urgent medical attention is also required if the person has difficulty breathing, walking, blood coming out of the nose or ear, convulsions, and / or light in the eyes.
If none of the above symptoms appear, what a relief! But however slight the blow has been, it is convenient for the person to rest and evaluate their condition closely in the next few hours in case there is an internal injury that has not been detected. If there is loss of consciousness, drowsiness, vomiting, changes in vision and / or headache, you should seek treatment urgently. If you only have an inflammation or bruise (the known bump), then you should apply an ice pack as soon as possible to limit and reduce inflation.
Other safety measures that you can take into account when doing sports are:
- Use the right shoes, clothing and protective equipment for each sport. In addition to the helmet, you may need knee pads, elbow pads, mouth guards (for the mouth) or gloves, among others.
- Drink plenty of water before, during and after exercising, to avoid dehydration.
- Warm up and stretch the muscles before you start. For example, if you are going to ride on skates, you can do it slowly for ten minutes or more, until your body gets warm.
- If you are an adult, before you start practicing any sport, remember that you must do the necessary physical exams and consult with your doctor to determine if you do not have any health risks in doing so.
- Know and respect the rules of the game. As for driving on the road it is necessary to know what the traffic rules are to avoid accidents, in sports it is important to know the rules of the game so as not to hurt yourself or others.
- If you practice a team sport, keep in mind the rest of the participants, especially if they are of different ages and sizes. It is not the same thing that two children weigh 30 kilos or 66 pounds that two of 70 kilos or 154 pounds. In the same way, if you are swimming, for example, be careful that there is no one in the place where you are going to throw yourself or you can fall on another swimmer.
Finally, make sure you do sports in the right places. Do not do like Clara and her brother, who imprudently exposed themselves unnecessarily. And when you have to cross the street, look first on one side, then on the other and again on the first side before doing it.
If you still get injured and want to continue practicing your favorite sport, stop doing it until the wounds are perfectly healed. Otherwise, it can be worse.
Now that you know all this, get the security equipment you need and tell your friends so they too can protect themselves. Then, have fun!