The sound of the soccer ball slamming into the goalie’s chest was so loud that it quieted all the fans on the sidelines. The ref hadn’t blown his whistle yet and the ball bounced free, in front of the net, yet none of the players made a move towards the ball.
Everyone stood transfixed, watching to see if the goalie was okay after taking that hit. I was trying to stop myself from rushing the field since that goalie was my son.
But, he manged to get up and give us a thumbs up, earning applause even from the other team who wished that hard hit had been a goal.
In another soccer game, one of my boys was laid out flat on the ground, not getting up for a few minutes, after he and another child collided when they were going after the ball. I was about half a second away from running onto the field screaming when he sat up.
Though we’ve had some close calls, my boys have yet to have a serious sports injury. But with three boys who are all involved in multiple sports(though not football yet), that day is most likely coming. But the chances of them happening can be reduced if you follow(and teach your kids to follow) some safety tips.
Sports Safety Tips
- Use the right equipment. Use all necessary safety gear, whether those are pads, helmets, shin guards, etc. If you’re supposed to wear it, don’t skip it!
- Follow the rules. Fouls are fouls for a reason. Follow the rules to keep yourself and others safe.
- Listen to your body. If you’re hurt or feel pain, let the coach know. Better to have to sit out for a little bit than to get really injured.
- Listen to your doctor. If you’re told to rest for a certain number of days, weeks, or even months, you need to follow doctor’s orders and be sure to check with your doctor before resuming activity after an injury.
- Make sure you’re covered. Because accidents do happen. But when a covered accident happens, supplemental accident insurance pays the policyholder cash benefits for the unexpected medical and everyday expenses that begin to add up almost immediately.
Aflac could help cover these and other expenses that may not be fully covered by your major medical insurance: broken teeth, concussions, ambulance(ground and air), emergency room visits, and lacerations.
While I hate to think about any of us getting injured, I’d rather be prepared in case it does happen.
Click for more information about Aflac.
The Ultimate College Football Experience Sweepstakes
If you are the ultimate college football fan, then you’ll want to enter this #AflacSweeps! Three lucky fans will win a trip for two, a pair of tickets to one of three college football games in November, a chance to meet Desmond Howard and more.
Enter once per 24 hours on Facebook; for bonus entries, share on Twitter. Enter today and then spread the word to let your friends know it’s #GameOn!
Each prize package includes:
- Two tickets to the biggest college football game of the weekend.
- Meet & greet with Desmond Howard.
- Round trip airfare.
- Hotel accommodations.
- Ground transportation to and from events.
- $500 prepaid debit card for food and other expenses.
CONSUMER NOTICE: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED OR RESTRICTED BY LAW. Open to legal permanent residents of 50 U.S. states and DC, 21 or older, who have Internet access and valid email address prior to 08/28/14. To enter and for Official Rules, including odds and prize descriptions, click here: https://www.facebook.com/aflacduck/app_143103275748075. This sweepstakes is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook or Twitter. For a winner’s list (after 11/10/14), visit the Ultimate College Football Experience tab of this page or mail request to Aflac “Ultimate College Football Experience” (Specify Winner List), Media Relations, 1932 Wynnton Road, Columbus, GA 31999. Sponsor: American Family Life Assurance Company of Columbus.
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.