Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Heisman Sports Safety

Baseball is often referred to as “America’s favorite past time,” but many believe that football is
America’s game. The Super Bowl is the biggest sports event of the year, and college football
constantly dominates headlines in the fall. However, since football is such a demanding and
physical sport, injuries can be common and sometimes serious enough to lead to a trip to the
emergency room.

How do you protect your kids from injury and accidents with all of their sports and activities?  We've had a few minor crashes and hits over the years.  I am relentless when it comes to helmet safety, but I don't confine my kids with safety over their natural exploration tendencies.
When it came to football sign ups this year, my son opted not to play.  He has taken a few really big hits and weighed his own risks.  He said he didn't want to take a big hit to the head.  I completely respect his decision.  To help your children learn how to keep things as safe as possible on the football field, follow these tips:

1) Football = lots of gear!
Some equipment may look “optional,” but it is important to wear all necessary pads and safety
gear each time you play. If you show up for a practice or game without it, alert your coach

2) Follow the rules
While physical prowess is central to football, you must obey the rules. In the heat of the moment
it’s easy to forget, but there is a reason why things like tripping, clipping, blocking below the
knees and helmet-to-helmet contact are illegal in football: they can be very dangerous to both
you and your opponents.
3) Listen to your body
If at any point you feel pain or discomfort while playing, notify your coach and get out of the
game. While sitting on the sidelines is one of the most difficult situations a player can face,
pushing through injuries increases the severity and keeps you out of action longer.

4) Take the doctor’s orders
After experiencing a sports injury, the first question a player often asks is, "When can I play
again?" The answer depends on the injury. Always listen to your doctor. Even if you can't return
right away, a doctor or physical therapist might have suggestions and advice on what you can
do to stay fit and rehab the injury. It is important to always check with a doctor before attempting
any activity following an injury.
5) Make sure you’re covered
Accidents happen. When unexpected injuries happen on the football field, make sure you’re
prepared with supplemental insurance to help cover out-of-pocket expenses. According to
the 2014 Aflac WorkForces Report, 66 percent of U.S. workers could not afford the costs
associated with a serious illness or injury. That’s why voluntary insurance plans are so
important. In the event of a serious injury, they help provide peace of mind and cash benefits to

help you get back in the game fast.
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