5 Things Kids Should Know: Sports Safety

Safety is a key component to playing any sport.
Safety is a key component to playing any sport.

School sports are a wonderful outlet for kids to learn the value of teamwork, build friendships and get fresh air and exercise. And while parents want their kids to have a good time and succeed at sports, they should also teach them the importance of playing sports safely.

Kids' growing bodies are simply more susceptible to injury than adults'. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports more than 1 million sports-related injuries happen every year to kids under 15. Yet, a lot of them are preventable by adhering to the following five rules of sports safety. If boys and girls want to win at sports in the long run, they must take steps to protect their bodies.

Here are five ways to do just that.