Participating in sport and recreation activity is an excellent way for children aged 6 to 12 years to achieve the minimum 60 minutes per day of moderate to vigorous physical activity recommended by the Public Health Agency of Canada. Children who avoid major injury are more likely to continue being healthy and active for life.
Falls are the most common type of physical injury requiring medical care. Younger children age 5 to 9 are most often injured on playgrounds. Children age 9 to 12 are most likely to be injured during organized sport.
To reduce your child’s risk of being injured while taking part in sports and recreation make sure they are in a safe environment, are wearing the proper protective gear and have developed the minimal skills necessary to participate safely in their chosen activity.
Don’t let your children do high-risk activities like jumping on trampolines because they could have a serious injury.
Safe sport and recreation environments provide children with physical, emotional and psychological protection.
Children who don’t wear or use protective equipment are at more risk for sport-related injury. Get the right gear for each sport, make sure it fits, and make sure children wear it properly every time they play. For information on which helmet for which activity,
Make sure that your child’s activities are appropriate for their age, physical ability, and thinking ability. Offer professional instruction, such as lessons for skating, skiing, or biking.
Current as of: March 13, 2017
Author: Provincial Injury Prevention Program, Alberta Health Services
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