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April 10, 2007 > National Youth Sports Safety Month

National Youth Sports Safety Month

Fremont, CA (Grassroots Newswire) _ For children, participating in sports is fun, teaches principles of teamwork and provides a great source of activity and exercise. However, safety is a most important factor when it comes to youth participation in school sports teams and community athletic leagues, according to Scott Campbell, owner of Play It Again Sports of Fremont.

"It's very important to remember safety when your child takes part in any physical activity, especially when it comes to playing sports," Campbell said. "During National Youth Sports Safety Month this April, we encourage kids in Fremont to make sure they practice safety when playing their sport. We also encourage parents to keep an eye out for simple safety measures when their child is out playing on the field."

Initiated by the National Youth Sports Safety Foundation (NYSSF) in 1993, National Youth Sports Safety Month was created to promote safety in sports participation all across the country. The group, as well as other organizations and businesses that participate, focus on different aspects of injury prevention during the awareness month. Past campaigns have addressed pre-participation physicals, individual risk factors, coaching education, eating disorders, as well as recognition of sports injuries and safety equipment.

According to NYSSF, sports participation has become a major cause of serious injuries among children and adolescents. Three to five million youth are admitted into hospital emergency rooms for sports injuries, while eight million young people are treated by family physicians for sports injuries each year. According to Campbell, most sports injuries can be prevented.

Campbell suggests local parents keep in mind the following questions, recommended by NYSSF, when your child is participating in sports activities:

1. Are the coaches on your child's team certified in sports first aid and CPR? This includes coaches involved in school sports as well as volunteer coaches who run youth leagues.

2. Is there a first aid box and ice at the site of all practices and games?

3. Do your child's coaches have a written emergency plan in case of an accident, and has it been rehearsed?

4. Are the facilities checked for safety on a regular basis?

5. Does the team have a preseason meeting for parents outlining the program philosophy and safety procedures?

6. Do coaches require warm-ups, stretching and cool-down exercises at their practices and games?

According to Campbell, Play It Again Sports of Fremont always tries to support the local community in any way it can. Promoting this awareness month lets customers know Play It Again Sports cares.

For more information about National Youth Sports Safety Month, please contact Scott Campbell at (510) 505-9696.

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