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Sports provide an opportunity for children to engage in physical activity. To minimize the risk of injury, children should always wear protective clothing and equipment associated with the sport they are playing such as eye protection, a mouth guard, shin guards and a helmet. They should also wear footwear specific to the sport being played to prevent damage to the feet.

When children participate in gymnastics, the equipment needs to be properly maintained and a spotter needs to be present at all times to reduce the risk of falls and injury. Children who participate in sports that require repetitive motions, like tennis, may be at risk for overuse injuries, also known as repetitive stress injuries.

When children play sports or exercise in hot weather, they are at risk for heat related illnesses. To prevent dehydration children should be offered water regularly during active play. 

Michelle LaRoweNAN: Sports Safety