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Prevent Kids' Sports Injuries

Team sports have lots of advantages for kids -- but they can also be risky. Test your safety smarts with our quiz.

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Prevent Kids' Sports Injuries
Prevent Kids' Sports Injuries
Question 1 of 20 Correct

What information should you give your child's coach?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. When your child begins a new sports program, think about all of the things that the coach/instructor doesn’t yet know about your child, including past injuries and allergies.

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Question 2 of 20 Correct

What should a kid do if he or she feels like they are about to fall during an athletic activity?

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The correct answer is: A child should avoid the reflex to catch him or herself with the hands when he or she falls. Instead, they should try to land on the fleshy parts of the body and roll.

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Question 3 of 20 Correct

How many children end up in emergency rooms because of skating and scooter injuries each year?

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The correct answer is: Each year, more than 176,000 children ages 5 to 14 end up in emergency departments as a result of skating and scooter injuries.

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Question 4 of 20 Correct

Why don't teens like to wear safety gear?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Once kids hit adolescence, it's common for them to think that safety gear is uncool, uncomfortable, unnecessary or sometimes all three.

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Question 5 of 20 Correct

For what sport other than biking is it okay to wear a bicycle helmet?

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The correct answer is: Bicycle helmets can also be worn when in-line skating or roller skating. Skateboarders or skaters who perform tricks might want to look for helmets specifically designed for these activities and that meet safety standards for these sports.

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Question 6 of 20 Correct

True or false: Wearing a slightly damaged helmet is okay.

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The correct answer is: This is false. If you use a helmet that is faulty or broken, you run the risk of the equipment not protecting you.

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Question 7 of 20 Correct

True or false: It's safer to play sports on grass than on turf.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Players on synthetic turf fields have found to be more prone to injuries such as turf toe, muscle bruises and turf burn.

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Question 8 of 20 Correct

Kids' protective eye goggles that cover glasses should have what characteristic?

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The correct answer is: Goggles or eye guards that cover glasses should contain a head strap to ensure that they fit snugly on the athlete’s head. Some of these eye guards also have protective brow and facial padding.

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Question 9 of 20 Correct

What should you do to make sure your child's bicycle helmet fits properly?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Once the helmet is firmly strapped, ask your child to shake his head. The bicycle helmet should not move; if it jiggles, tighten the strap. You may also adjust the pads to make the helmet fit better. The helmet should be the same level in the front and back.

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Question 10 of 20 Correct

True or false: You should replace a bicycle helmet after an accident, even if there's no visible sign of dents.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Even though the helmet may not look damaged, it might be. Many manufacturers have a crash-protection guarantee and will replace a helmet for free if you are in a crash.

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Question 11 of 20 Correct

True or false: Age determines helmet size.

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The correct answer is: This is false. It's a common misconception to think age determines helmet size. Bicycle helmet size is based on head size, not age.

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Question 12 of 20 Correct

True or false: You can get muscle cramps from the heat while playing sports.

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The correct answer is: This is true. When there's a high heat index, an active body reacts as though it is in a higher-degree temperature than the thermometer says. Your child has a higher chance of suffering from heat-related injury such as heat cramps, exhaustion and stroke and needs to be monitored closely.

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Question 13 of 20 Correct

Head injuries from bike accidents account for what percentage of emergency room visits?

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The correct answer is: Each year, more than half a million Americans will end up in emergency rooms because of bicycle accidents. Head injuries account for one-third of the emergency room visits, two-thirds of the hospitalizations and three-fourths of all deaths.

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Question 14 of 20 Correct

How many emergency room visits were due to roller shoes in one year?

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The correct answer is: Roller shoes alone contributed to 1,600 emergency department visits in just one year, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

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Question 15 of 20 Correct

True or false: Resistance training is safe for kids.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Resistance training can be a safe, effective, and worthwhile activity for children and adolescents provided that qualified professionals supervise all training sessions and provide age-appropriate instruction on proper lifting procedures and safe training guidelines.

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Question 16 of 20 Correct

How is a minor head injury in children treated?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. No treatment may be needed for a minor head injury in children. The most important thing you can do for your child is to watch for signs of a more serious problem.

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Question 17 of 20 Correct

True or false: Having a tooth knocked out is considered a dental emergency.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Having a tooth knocked out is considered a dental emergency, so call your dentist immediately. The odds of saving a permanent tooth that's been knocked out are highest in young children.

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Question 18 of 20 Correct

Can non-contact sports cause a head injury?

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The correct answer is: Any sport in which contact to the head can occur has the potential to cause traumatic brain injury. However, contact sports have a higher risk than non-contact sports.

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Question 19 of 20 Correct

What activity can lead to a pelvic fracture in children?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Activities or sports that need quick running starts and quick stopping, such as soccer, tennis or football, as well as those that involve leg splits like gymnastics, put children at risk for pelvic avulsion fracture. Teenagers are more likely to have this injury than younger children.

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Question 20 of 20 Correct

True or false: Your child should wear a mouth guard for both contact and non-contact sports.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Non-contact sports such as soccer, volleyball and gymnastics as well as leisure activities including bicycling, roller skating and skateboarding also place a child at risk for dental injuries.

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