Safe Kids Kansas

Preventing Accidental Injury.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 29, 2010

KDHE Office of Communications
communications@kdheks.gov, 785-296-0461

Safe Kids Kansas Offers Youth Sports Safety Tips

National Safe Kids Week emphasizes the importance of keeping children
healthy and active through prevention of sports-related injuries

Topeka, Kan. — More than 30 million children participate in sports each year in the United States. Of those 30 million, approximately 3.5 million children under the age of 14 are treated for sports-related injuries in hospitals, clinics and emergency rooms.  During Safe Kids Week (April 25 – May 3), Safe Kids Kansas reminds parents and coaches to focus on the four components critical to keeping young athletes healthy and injury-free: preventing acute and overuse injuries, proper hydration before, during and after play, annual pre-season medical screenings for each athlete and finally, concussion awareness, prevention and screening methods.

Here are five important sports safety tips from Safe Kids Kansas that all coaches, parents and league organizers can use to prevent sports-related injuries:

“Children ages five to 14 account for nearly 40 percent of all sports-related injuries treated in hospital emergency departments,” says Cherie Sage, State Director for Safe Kids Kansas. “Our goal is to reach coaches and parents with this critical information and resources to keep kids out of the emergency room.”

For more information on sports safety and preventing dehydration, call Safe Kids Kansas at 785-296-1223 or visit www.safekids.org/sports.

Safe Kids Kansas, Inc. is a nonprofit Coalition of over 70 statewide organizations and businesses dedicated to preventing accidental injuries to Kansas children ages 0-14.   Local coalitions and chapters cover Allen, Anderson, Atchison, Butler, Clay, Coffey, Dickinson, Doniphan, Douglas, Elk, Ellis, Finney, Geary, Harvey, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Labette, Leavenworth, Marion, Marshall, McPherson, Meade, Mitchell, Montgomery, Pottawatomie, Riley, Saline, Sedgwick, Shawnee, Smith, Sumner, and Wilson counties, as well as the city of  Emporia and the Metro Kansas City Area (Wyandotte county and several Missouri counties.)  Safe Kids Kansas a member of Safe Kids Worldwide, a global network of organizations whose mission is to prevent accidental childhood injury. The lead agency for Safe Kids Kansas is the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

Visit us at www.safekidskansas.org.