Summer sports are a fantastic way for kids to get out of the house, burn off some energy and soak up the sun in a fun, positive way. However, like anything involving long periods of physical activity in the hot sun, there are a few real dangers that you should beware of, especially with your children.
Safety and Summer Sports
- Swimming: Taking a few laps in the pool can be a great way to spend a summer afternoon escaping the oppressive heat. Unfortunately, kids may put themselves in danger by running on wet surfaces, jumping into shallow water or roughhousing with friends. Never lose sight of your kids while they’re swimming, even in a private pool and even with a lifeguard on duty.
- Bicycles, scooters and skateboards: Some kids love getting together with friends to bike, skate, and scoot their way around the neighborhood, providing not only good exercise but also important social interaction and friend making. Whenever doing so, however, it is important to ensure that helmets and other safety equipment are being used. In fact, children under 16 years of age are required to wear a helmet while on a bicycle by law. Also, ensure that your children stay clear of traffic and busy roadways, only crossing streets at designated crosswalks and obeying the rules of the road.
- Outdoor sports: Outdoor sports, such as soccer, football, baseball and track and field are all much more dangerous when you add in the summer sun. Though some of these are not considered summer sports, per se, many kids play impromptu games or practice before the season begins. Always teach kids to stay hydrated and wear sunscreen whenever playing outside. For contact sports, avoid using older equipment, as helmet, shoulder pad and other safety products have seen great improvements over the years.
Though summer sports are far healthier for kids than being a couch potato all season, you should always instill safety standards and monitor them to ensure that they’re being mindful while enjoying some time away from the TV. If your kids are injured due to the negligence of others, do not hesitate to reach out to our personal injury litigation professionals immediately to get the settlement you deserve.
If you, a friend or a loved one are unfortunately injured as a result of an accident or have any questions, do not hesitate to contact Wieland, Hilado & DeLattre, P.A. at (407) 841-7699. For additional resources, keep checking our blog, LIKE us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for more helpful hints and to always be informed about best practices in law.