Summer is just around the corner making it more fun for all of us. Sumer time sports are a great opportunity to keep your child active. To ensure your child keeps enjoying the benefits of sports, here are a few simple things you can do. 
Before practice, play or competition, make sure to warm up by doing some light stretching, or anything that brings your little athlete’s heart rate up gradually. This can help prevent sports-related injuries (such as muscle tears or sprains) by stretching and releasing any muscle tension. Hold each stretch for 20 to 30 seconds.
Learn the signs and symptoms of a concussion as any bump, blow or hit to the head needs to be taken seriously. If you suspect an athlete has sustained a concussion, immediately remove the child from play.
Make sure your athlete drinks water 30 minutes before the activity begins and every 15-20 minutes during activity. Establish regular water breaks during practices and games. Hydrating before, during and after practices and games is essential, so don’t wait for your child to tell you they are thirsty.
Rest is essential in reducing the risk of injuries, so in addition to making sure kids get a rest break during practices and games. It is recommended they take two days off from sports activities every week and at least ten weeks of rest from any one sport each year.
Wearing the appropriate and properly fitted sports gear during practices and games can help avoid minor and serious injuries. Make sure athletes have the right equipment, which can include helmets, shin guards, mouth guards, ankle braces, shoes with rubber cleats and sunscreen.
As a parent or grandparent, it is important to learn ways to help your athlete have fun, stay injury free and healthy while playing sports.