Health Watch - Parental Guidance: Sports

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Children need their parents, not just to provide for them, but to guide them and set a good example. This week on Health Watch, we’ll talk about some ways parents can help children grow up well, physically and emotionally. Sports are a great way for kids to stay fit and learn life lessons. Parents can help kids avoid injuries while playing sports.

Proper education and equipment can prevent many sports-related injuries. Dr. Luis Palacios, a sports medicine expert at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says there should be adult supervision for both individual and team sports. Children should not be taught to play through pain when they’re hurt and they shouldn’t be told to just shake off injuries. Parents should also make sure children have the right equipment for their sport and that they use safety equipment.

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April 2010


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