Sports Safety Checklist

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

If youre the parent of a high school athlete, you should know whether or not your child will be kept safe. Dr. Edward Hill goes over some things you should look over to keep your high school athlete safe in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

With school sports starting just around the corner, the National Athletic Trainers Association reminds parents of some important information to help ensure your childs safety. Parents should look for the following items when examining sports safety:

Emergency Action PlanAn Emergency Action Plan is a venue-specific plan for who will perform certain duties in an emergency situation.

Annual Pre-Participation Physical ExaminationA proper health screening identifies any prior medical conditions and should identify pertinent medical information such as allergies and current medications.

Coaching EducationAre the coaches certified in CPR/AED and first aid?

Field and Athletic Equipment MaintenanceParents should expect that the playing surface and required athletic equipment should be properly maintained and regularly inspected for problems.

Medical Decisions and Return to PlayAsk coaches if an athletic trainer or team physician is available to help prevent and immediately manage injuries and illnesses.

For more information contact NMMCs Sports Medicine Program at (662) 377-5469.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.