Coaches: Key to Safety in Children’s Sports

From the Show: Healthy Children
Summary: Sports coaches are trusted with the safety of your child. They deserve the emergency training and safety education to preserve that trust.
Air Date: 4/27/16
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: David Hill, MD
david hillDr. David Hill is Vice President of Cape Fear Pediatrics in Wilmington, NC, and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at UNC Medical School.

He serves on the executive committees of the North Carolina Pediatric Society and the American Academy of Pediatrics Council On Communications and the Media.

In addition to writing a monthly column for Wilmington Parent Magazine, Dr. Hill writes and records for multiple websites including as,, and He has three children, ages six, nine, and 11.
Coaches: Key to Safety in Children’s Sports
Your child wants to play a team sport. You're so thrilled about the voluntary urge for physical activity, that you sign the permission slip, pay the dues and expect the coach to take care of the rest.

The coach will keep junior safe, right?

Coaches have the enthusiasm and organizational skills to coordinate a rowdy group of sporty youth. But, now all coaches have the training to prevent and treat many injuries that occur in team sports.

Great training for your child's sports coach to have includes basic first aid and CPR training and certification. Ideally, your child's coach will have access to and know how to use a portable defibrillator (AED). Having access to a child-size back board, neck braces, EpiPens, rescue inhalers and first aid supplies is very important in a team sports situation.

Your child's coach should be able to instruct child players on how to prevent injuries. Inspecting equipment before, during and after practice and games can help prevent injury. Educating children on overuse injuries can help them prevent further suffering. Explaining that playing through the pain is a bad idea can help protect young bodies.

David Hill, MD, shares what your coach needs in order to keep your child as safe as possible.
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