Preventing Summer Injuries

By: Casey O'Halloran Email
By: Casey O'Halloran Email

Many kids spend the Summertime running, jumping, and playing sports. But sometimes those activities can lead to injuries.

"There's definitely an increase in injuries in the early Summer months when everyone is getting back outside after the long Winter," says orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Doug Keele.

Dr. Keele says you can't keep your kids from going outside to play, but you can take some steps to prevent serious injuries.

The first rule is to keep a watchful eye. Dr. Keele says, "You can't lock your kids indoors. I think it's important to have supervision while they're playing on these devices."

It's also important to buy protective gear, depending on what they like to do. When it comes to sports, the doctors says helmets, mouth guards, and knee pads can help.

But it's not just organized sports that can be dangerous. "One of the frequent ones we see are from trampolines or jungle gym apparatuses that they can frequently fall from."

Because long Summer days are full of activities, skinned knees are bound to happen. But you can prepare now, so your kids' "ouchies" don't turn into anything more serious.

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