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Preventing Sports Injuries

The importance of physical activity

Sports and recreation should be a regular part of every teen’s life allowing them to enjoy better health and fitness and meet the recommendations in the Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines.

Whether playing sports or participating in recreational activities like skateboarding, inline skating, biking, ice skating, teens should know how to keep themselves safe from fall-related injuries.

Did you know?

  • Most teen injuries happen during recreational activity.
  • At this age, some teens trying alcohol and drugs, increasing their chance of injury.

Teen development and how it affects falling

  • This is a time of growth when bones, muscles, tendons, and ligaments can be easily injured.
  • The teen brain is also changing and they are likely to take part in risk-taking activities without really thinking about injury.
  • Teens often spend more time with friends and less time with parents. Parents need to teach their teens about the risks and how to stay safe from injury.
  • Many teens have a false sense of security in thinking that they are invincible and that injuries cannot happen to them. Parents and teens should work together to determine family rules and parents can provide guidance to ensure those rules are followed.

How to help your teen lower their risk

  • Provide safety gear and make sure they wear it
    Activity Safety gear
    Bicycling Helmet
    Inline Skating Helmet, knee and elbow pads, wrist guards
    Scooters Helmet
    Skateboards Helmet, wrist guards, knee and elbow pads
  • Make sure you wear the safety gear too.
  • Watch them when they are playing sports or participating in recreational activities. Make sure they are not making mistakes that could cause injury.
  • Know the rules of the sports they play and discuss fair play with them.
  • Keep a positive relationship with your teen by talking to them. Parents with strong connections to their children can positively influence with them.
  • Here are some quick tips on parenting your teen