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Sports Safety

From the Show: Healthy Children
Summary: Encourage your child's activities while working to keep them safe.
Air Date: 7/30/19
Duration: 16:10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Rebecca Carl, MD
Dr. Rebecca CarlRebecca Carl, MD, is an Attending Physician for the Institute for Sports Medicine at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. She’s also the Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine. Her specialties are Primary Care Sports Medicine and Non-operative Orthopedics.
Sports Safety
Sports participation instills important values while keeping your child active. Of course, safety is a huge consideration.

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Sports sampling is preferred to specialization, reducing the likelihood of injury and burnout that can occur when your child focuses on a single sport.

Ensure your child gets adequate rest from sports participation and conditioning. Give them a month off from their sport each year, plus one rest day per month. It may be tough to get your kid to take these needed breaks, because athletics can become part of their identity. Push for them to lay off the organized practices and games during rest periods.

Sudden cardiac death is particularly concerning. This rare occurrence happens when an athlete passes as the result of a heart defect.

Listen as Dr. Rebecca Carl joins Melanie Cole, MS, to discuss safety in organized sports.

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