WSU hosts youth sports safety clinic

WICHITA, Kansas- Safe Kids Wichita Area held a youth sports safety clinic Friday night at Koch Arena prior to the WSU Volleyball game.

The clinic, held in partnership with athletic trainers and other youth sports experts, armed coaches and parents of young athletes up to age 19 with the knowledge and skills essential to keeping Wichita’s children from sustaining sports-related injuries so that they are able to remain healthy and active.

“I think it’s important for the kids to know, because they’re the ones who feel it and they know what happened,” said Wichita resident David Gardner.  “They’re the ones who know that something is not right and they do need rest regardless of what an adult might tell them to get back out there and tough it up, they might say no, I don’t feel right.”

The clinic focused on acute and overuse injuries, concussions, proper hydration, emergency responses including CPR and the use of automatic external defibrillators, and positive play.

Young athletes were given the opportunity to try on concussion goggles to teach them what a concussion feel like.

“We want to start at the youthful level and try to allow them to understand and teach them what a concussion is,” said athletic trainer Carolyn LeFevre.

More than 46.5 million children play organized sports in the United States that provide kids with a way to stay active and learn valuable life skills such as leadership and discipline. In 2013, Safe Kids found that more than 1.24 million children were seen in emergency departments for injuries related to 14 commonly played sports. Millions more were treated at urgent care clinics and by family physicians.

Among children ages 19 and under, 13 to 15-year-olds accounted for the largest number of injuries. Safe Kids Wichita Area’s goal is to engage and educate parents and athletes about essential sports injury prevention practices and prevention strategies.

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