Physical and extracurricular activities are important for kids and teens. However, not all sports are created equal in the safety department, and not all kids want to play the rough-and-tumble sports.
The most popular sports that kids gravitate towards are hockey and football, but if you’ve ever had a child play in either of these sports, you know the potential physical dangers these activities can bring.
Fractures, broken bones, injured mouths and teeth, not to mention concussions are just a few of the injuries that occur frequently when playing these sports. So what are the alternatives? There are several safe sports that your kids can play, that will give them the physical activity they need without incurring serious injuries.
Tennis is a great option for both boys and girls. It’s a game based on stamina and skill, focus and concentration, and can be played solo or in doubles teams, making a great activity for siblings, parent and child or another team member at the tennis club. Another benefit is the equipment needed is not as extensive or costly as some other sports. A pair of tennis shoes, a few racquets and tennis wear and they are ready to play.
Another great sport that teaches skill focus, concentration and patience, is golf. This game is one that can be played throughout your childs lifetime, and they can consistently improve throughout their lives. It’s also a game that can be played with others so they learn teamwork while still learning valuable skills and getting physical activity. For this sport, your child will need golf shoes, clubs and clothes, which can be costly, but the risk of injury playing this sport is low.
Swimming is another sport that is one of the safer ones kids can participate in. Whether it’s for recreation or competitive, pool time is always supervised and it provides a fantastic overall physical workout. Also, you can take comfort in knowing that your child is building skills that may help them when they are swimming in a pool or lake and get into an emergency situation.
These are just a few of the safer sports that your kids can enjoy. They are getting the physical activity they need, and you can take comfort in knowing they are as safe as possible while doing so.