OIP Safe Summer Fun Series: Football
- Equipment is a big deal! Players must wear a helmet, pads (shoulder, hip, tail, knee), pants, thigh guards, jersey, mouth guard with strap, athletic supporter, proper shoes, and safety glasses or contacts, if needed.
- Coaches need to have basic skills when it comes to treating scrapes, cuts, and bruises, and they need to have a way to reach emergency personnel if the need arises.
- If a player is returning after an injury, they need to be cleared by a physician. This means that they have been evaluated and have no residual tenderness, inflammation, motion issues, or decreased strength in the affected area. When it comes to concussions, it is advisable to have exams by a doctor specializing in head injuries.
- Players should be active in the off-season as well. This will make it easier to adjust to the demands of the season.
- Hydration is very important during practice and play.
- Parents and coaches need to be mindful of pain behaviors in children as well as teach the players to raise any concerns right away. If there seems to be an issue, back off or modify the activity to decrease risks.