Since the implementation of many new rules in the National Football League, many fans complain that the game is not as exciting as it used to be. During past years, people anxiously waited for one player to deliver a vicious hit on an opposing player. However, the NFL has decided to ban big hits from its league because it understood the risk associated with these types of plays. Many offensive players were often the victim of these hits, and when these hits occurred, most players were not aware that they were about to be tackled. Therefore, this made the hit even more dangerous to the players’ physical well-being. Fortunately, since these rules were implemented, fewer injuries have been occurring.
These rule changes not only work towards making the NFL safer but also youth sports as well. Because these rules can be beneficial, the NFL decided to begin the NFL Evolution campaign. This campaign is designed to inform parents about the ways in which children can be injured while they are playing sports, and it gives parents information on ways that they can protect their children from these injuries. These rules are some of the reasons that I continue to allow my kids to play impact sports, and I appreciate the NFL deciding to lead this effort on player safety.
Listed below are the injuries that occur most frequently in the NFL and in youth sports.
The main reason that the NFL decided to begin its player safety initiative is because of the number of players who were sustaining concussions. Since concussions are brain injuries, they can be detrimental to the players for many years, and this includes years after they have finished the game of football. The NFLPA has teamed with EarQ, a hearing aids provider to give former NFL players and other sports players advice on how to get treated for hearing loss. Since hearing loss is a symptom of a concussion, players can find a suitable doctor who will allow them to know if their hearing loss is the result of a concussion. For parents of young children, they should always look for signs of a concussion. Some of the signs include hearing loss, slurred speech, blurred vision, and headaches. If the children show any of these symptoms, they should immediately be taken to a physician.
Since torn ligaments can be quite painful, they are usually more noticeable than a concussion. Therefore, if children complain of knee problems, they should see a doctor as soon as possible. Occasionally, knee pain can be a symptom of an ACL tear, which is one of the most devastating ligament tears. In order to prevent these types of injuries, parents should be sure that the children properly stretch before they begin playing a game or practicing. Also, if children participate in exercises to improve their balance and strengthen their leg muscles, they can reduce their chances of sustaining one of these injuries.
A heat stroke is one of the most frequent types of heat injuries. In order to prevent this, it is vital that children are hydrated, allowed to take breaks, and do not practice in the middle of the day. In addition to heat strokes, sunburns and skin cancer are examples of heat related injuries. Wearing sunscreen can help prevent these two types of injuries.
Kids enjoy sports, and parents enjoy watching them play. If parents adhere to the advice mentioned above, their children will be assured that they are safe during any type of sporting event. Most importantly, children will have a better chance of having fun.
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