Will you be prepared for sports injuries if your child gets hurt in a game?
When you head to your child’s game, you probably have a mental checklist. Water bottle: check. Bandaids: check. Extra sox: check. Sports equipment: check.
But are you prepared if your child should get injured in the game? Or will panic take over?
Like expectant parents who plan ahead for a quick trip to the hospital, sports parents should be prepared in case they too have to make an emergency trip to the ER or clinic. Planning ahead while you can think clearly instead of waiting for an emergency when you may not be thinking clearly, will save your time and sanity.
How to Prepare
These are the ways you can be prepared if your child is injured in sports:
- Have health insurance information handy. For most people, this is a card that they carry in their wallet.
- Identify now which doctor/hospital/clinic is compatible with your group health insurance, so there will be no hesitation about where to go.
- Extra snacks/drinks. Since you’re bringing drinks to the game, bring an extra one, along with a couple of granola bars or small snack. ER waits can be looooong.
- Book to read. Carry an extra one in the car for you and your child. ER waits can be boring.
- A parent/friend who will take other siblings home if needed. It’s always good to identify at least one parent on the team who you feel comfortable asking for help.
- Phone numbers of people who need to be notified. You will most likely have these in your phone.
- Always keep THE LIST with you: immunizations, date of last tetanus, medications taking, former hospital visits, medication allergies, pediatrician’s phone number & address. Either write the info on a card and stick it in your wallet or keep it on your phone.
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