If your child is playing a sport, you need to make sure his or her equipment is maintained and in good working condition. This is especially true if the equipment is for safety, such as a helmet. Should a helmet not be in good working condition, it leaves your child exposed to suffering a severe head injury, such as a concussion, or worse. Among the many side affects of brain injuries, concussions have also been linked to suicide. Additionally, concussions can lead to depression and anger.
If your child wears protective equipment, such as football pads, kneepads or shin guards, it’s also extremely important to make sure they are protecting your child the way they should be. If the pads are missing pieces, don’t fit correctly, or seem to have a lot of damage or wear, it can lead to serious injury. If this is the case, be sure to replace the protective equipment, or ask it to be replaced if it is the property of a school or club. [Read more…]