Letting Your Child Play Sports

As a parent, letting a kid play sports can be a proud moment and a scary one. On one hand, it’s great that your child wants to participate and that he’s good enough to make the team. On the other hand, it’s frightening. What if he or she gets hurt? What if he or she ends up cut from the team and gets depressed? How will you (and your child) deal with these things? Before you start worrying too much, focus on the fact that kids are resilient and that most school or community sports are very safe. It’s the job of the school (or the community organization) to keep kids safe.

No one wants to see their children–or other people’s children–get injured, so there are plenty of precautions that are taken. Your child will probably have to have a physical. Even if it’s not required, it’s a good idea to get one anyway, just for your own peace of mind. Most children don’t worry about sickness or injury, but their parents do. Knowing that your child is healthy enough to play sports can go a long way toward feeling less afraid about letting your kid participate.

Also, keep in mind that it’s good to get the best-quality gear for your child’s sports experience. You don’t have to spend a ridiculous amount of money, but be sure that you buy quality items that aren’t going to break or wear out easily. An equipment failure could lead to an injury or other problem. You can help to avoid that by purchasing quality items instead of trying to find the least expensive thing and assuming it’s just as good. It has to meet certain standards, but the better quality items often exceed those standards.