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Sports Safety Articles

From avoiding dehydration to protecting yourself against injury, we’ve got advice to keep you safe and healthy in every sport you play. Our sports medicine experts want kids to explore the world around them and keep them safe during their sports and outdoor adventures.

Check out the latest articles on sports safety from our sports medicine experts.

11 Stretches for Athletes

Stretching boosts muscle flexibility and range of motion, which not only amps your performance, it minimizes the chance of sports injury. Learn 11 stretching exercises.

Mountain Safety: How to Be Safe on the Ski/Snowboard Slopes

To stay safe while skiing, a little preparation and knowledge can help prevent accidents and injuries. Read our tips about how to stay safe on the slopes.

Ankle Braces and Basketball: Should You Wear One While You Play?

Should your kids, be wearing ankle braces when they play basketball? Yes. Learn about the benefits of wearing ankle braces.

Cheerleading Safety Tips Can Help Reduce Injuries

Cheerleading is a very competitive sport. Learn how these new competitive dynamics have increased the risk for injury among athletes.

Lightning Safety Tips for Outdoor Sports

More than 400 people are struck by lightning each year. The good news is that most occurrences can be avoided with a few simple precautions.

What Is an Athletic Trainer?

Chances are, if you have participated in sports you have heard of an athletic trainer, or ATC, but what exactly is an athletic trainer? Find out here.

What Age Can My Child Start Hiking Fourteeners?

Are children mature enough for hiking fourteeners? Find out the risks and benefits of letting your child hike mountain 14,000 feet above sea level.

Let's Ballet Dance: When Should My Child Start Pointe Ballet?

The question shouldn’t be “at what age can my child start dancing on pointe?” but rather “is my child ready to begin ballet dancing on pointe?”

How to Identify and Avoid Cramps on the Football Field

Football cramps, or cramps in any sport, are very unpleasant. Learn how to identify and avoid this painful sensation on the field.

Is CrossFit Training Safe for Kids?

Find out what our sports medicine expert has to say about CrossFit Kids.

ACL Rehabilitation and Recovery

Every part of ACL rehabilitation after ACL reconstruction surgery is vital. It's important to commit to rehabilitation so kids can get back in the game.

Tooth Injuries in Sports...What Do I Do if I Lose One?

It is estimated that over 3 million teeth are knocked out every year. Find out what to do if this happens to your child.

Vitamin D vs. Sunscreen: What is the Healthy Balance?

Lately there has been a lot of attention about vitamin D and its health benefits. Find out how you can maintain healthy levels of vitamin D.

Weight Training and Kids: When, Where and How Is It Safe to Start?

Weight training can be a big part of prepping for competition, but find out when it's safe to start.

Sports Dehydration Safety Tips

To keep kids in top shape for sports, it’s important for them to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids. Learn how to keep your athletes hydrated.

Stingers: A Common Injury in Football

Stingers take their name from the stinging pain they cause. Find out what they are and how to avoid them.

How to Optimize Your Child's Bone Health

Learn about the many things you can do to develop better bone health in your growing child.

How To Overcome a Swimming Shoulder Injury Like Missy Franklin

Missy Franklin has four Olympic gold medals, but how does she overcome injury from training and competition?

How to Prevent Trampoline Injuries

Find out how much risk is involved when purchasing a trampoline for your children, including how to stay safe on a trampoline.

Winter Sports Safety Tips-Have Fun, Stay Injury-Free

Here are some quick winter sports tips to help ensure everyone stays safe as you head outdoors.

A Little League Shoulder Can Bench Your Young Pitcher If Not Treated Completely

Young pitchers that are not fully grown can suffer from little league shoulder. Learn how to properly treat and prevent this injury.

Common Volleyball Injuries in Young Athletes

Find out what the most common injuries are in volleyball and how to prevent them from a sports medicine expert.

Gymnastic Safety Tips

Four ways to limit the risk of gymnastics injuries.

Football: What is an AC Joint Injury?

Learn about shoulder injuries, a common football injury in young athletes.

Do Soccer Header Bands Protect Athletes?

Did you know protective head gear isn’t required for U.S. youth soccer players? Find out why your athlete should wear a header band.

AED Helps Save Todd Helton's Cousin on Basketball Court

Did you know Sudden Cardiac Arrest is the leading cause of death in the U.S.? Find out how an AED saved Todd Helton's cousin's life.

Young Hockey Players: Are They Safe on the Ice?

Wearing protective equipment is the best defense against injury. Find out if you're doing the right things to keep your hockey player safe.

Do Chest Protectors Prevent Sudden Cardiac Death?

Learn more about chest protectors in sports and how they can prevent sudden cardiac death, as well as why they may not always be the answer.

Do High-Tech Helmets Prevent Concussions?

The best tools for minimizing the risk of concussion continue to be improved. Learn about how to avoid a concussion.