Safe Sports

Winter Sports Safety Tips

• Always wear sport-specific, properly fitting safety gear when participating in winter sports activities.
• Kids should always wear helmets when they ski, sled, snowboard, and play ice hockey. There are different helmets for different activities.
• Use a helmet that meets federal safety standards and make sure it fits correctly so it won’t come loose at a critical moment.
• Caregivers should wear helmets too — remember children learn safety habits by watching adults.
• Equipment fit and maintenance is important, so bring the child along when shopping for skates, helmets, boots, etc.
• Dress in layers and wear warm, close-fitting clothes. Make sure that long scarves are tucked in so they don’t get entangled in lifts, ski poles or other equipment.
• Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.
• Wear sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher.
• Kids or caregivers who become distracted or irritable or begin to hyperventilate may be suffering from hypothermia or altitude sickness, or are too tired to participate safely in winter sports. If these symptoms occur, go indoors, rest and warm up.

For more information about winter safety and sports safety, please visit www.usa.safekids.org

Team Sports Safety Tips

Before Kids Lace Up…
• Have the child receive a preseason check-up (including an eye check).
• Ensure coaches have a list of emergency contacts and a first aid kit – just in case there is a problem.
• Kids should drink plenty of fluids before during and after playing sports and eat a well-balanced diet.
• Driving to the game: everyone wears his or her own safety belt and children less than 80 pounds travel in a child safety seat.
• Biking/wheeling to the game: always wear a properly fitted helmet.
• Field surfaces and playing areas are inspected and safe before kids begin playing.
• Kids must always wear the right, properly fitted protective gear (ex: a hard-shell helmet when facing a baseball or softball pitcher, shin guards for soccer).
• Everyone should use sunblock while playing or watching outdoor sports.
• Kids need a proper warm-up before playing—check with the coach!
• Kids should take regular rest breaks during practices and games.
• Kids should NEVER be encouraged to play through an injury.
• Teach kids what good sportsmanship means, and follow the rules of the sport.