Playing sport is one of the healthiest ways to keep fit and stay strong. For example, when kids play sport, they are able to develop and enhance stronger body and reduce the risk of getting obesity. In addition, sports can help your kids to learn valuable life lessons and important soft skills that they would definitely need later on in their life.
One of the most popular sports that many kids like to take part in is ice skating. This sport brings a lot of benefits to both physical and mental health of your kids. It also helps your kids to learn about decision making skills, team work skills and the ability to compete under pressure.
Needless to say, although this sport has a lot of cons, one of the main concerns that worry many parents when their kids taking part in this sport is the likability of getting injuries. This sport is so intensive with a wide range of strong movements and rapid speed, which are potential for getting hurt by sports equipment of falling down while sliding.
The most common and possibly most dangerous injuries that your kids may encounter while playing ice skating is probably head injuries. Luckily, this type of injuries can be prevented to a great deal by wearing proper personal protective equipment such as helmets and playing with cautions.
How important it is to have preventative measurements to protect your child from head injuries
Here is an example to show you how important it is to have preventative measurements to prevent head injuries while your kids are playing ice skating.
- You might think that head injuries only happen to people who play ice skating at an amateur level and have little knowledge about how to play the sport safe. However, the incident below happened to a professional player and this incident put an end to his entire career.
- In 1999 in the United State, while training for the 2002 Olympic, the ice skater Pail Binnebose fell on the ice and his head came in contact with the tough icy surface. Due to the accident, he was in a coma and faced a life threatening situation. He survived the event. However, he would not be able to continue his professional career anymore.
This example shows you that even though you are playing in a professional level, you can still get accidents. That is the reason why you always need to prepare yourself well before each match to prevent head injuries as well as other injuries if you intend to play ice skating.
So how could you prevent head injuries while you are playing ice skating?
Although head injuries are very dangerous and could happen to anyone at all type of playing levels, there are a lot of things that you can do to prevent it from happening to your kids.
1. Wearing Helmet:
- The first and most important things of all is making sure that you kids all types of personal protective equipment before he sets off to the icy fields. Helmet, gloves and knee protectors are very important as they help to support your kids’ body parts when he falls on to the ground.
- Since the helmet is the crucial item to protect and cover your heads when you head comes in contact with the ground, you need to make sure you buy the one with the highest quality on the market. It needs to come from a trustable and reputable company which is specializing in making quality products.
- In addition, you are expected to pay a lot of money for a quality product. Cheap helmet will break easily when it hits the ground. With some extra money, you kids’ heads are sure to be protected better.
- And finally, a good and high quality ice skating helmet is only effective as long as it fits your kid’s head. It is not an item that you can buy 1 or 2 size bigger for your kid and let him grow into it. You need to make sure you buy the right size so that it would be able to protect your kid’s head as best as it can.
2. Fall Correctly:
This might sound a little bit silly but knowing how to fall correctly can only hurt a bit and save you from a lot of troubles.
- So teach your kids that when they are expecting a fall over, try as best as they can to fall on their side.
- Don’t try to swing their arms around looking for balance as it would hurt them more.
- The worst scenario that your kids can have is falling on their back with the head coming directly on to the icy surface. That is the position that you should best avoid.
3. Play It Safe:
Make sure that your kids know all about essential skills and techniques before they start the game. When you see them speeding up and becoming reckless, you should notify them. Also don’t push them too hard and make them become so competitive. Kids are often becoming too focused on the game and that is the reason why you should keep an eye on them to prevent them from becoming too active. If you are playing with them, make sure you are a good model by wearing helmets and playing it safe.
Here are some of the tips that can help you to prevent head injuries in ice skating. I hope with the information I provided here, you would be able to come up with knowledge and better preparation for the safety of your kids on the playground.