My kids and I love this time of the year. Our homeschool curriculum and other school related functions are completed for the school year which free’s us to do more activities. Instead of school work we are going to the pool, park, summer camps and other fun summer activities! Even though my kids play sports during the school year, one of the things my boys look forward to every summer is soccer camp. This summer was a big deal because not only did my older boys attend but my daughter and four year son participated!
As a mom I am concerned when they play sports because I do not want them to get hurt. My husband thinks I am overprotective but I can’t help it, they are my kids. During soccer camp one of the coaches told me that my son is a great soccer player but he falls for no reason, this is just him – clumsy. So this gives me extra concern for injury.
When my kids have not been well or have gotten hurt in the past I felt helpless. No mom wants their kids hurt. With five kids accidents will happen whether they be in everyday life or while they are playing sports. Knowing this is the case I take the following precautions when they play sports:
I pack my kids iced bottled water so that they stay hydrated. With all the running around in the heat they tend to sweat a lot so I make sure they are constantly taking breaks to re-hydrate so they do not overheat.
Make sure they learn the rules of the game. For instance I have seen kids on the soccer field pushing other kids which have resulted to injury. This frustrates my kids because they have been the one’s who have been pushed. I am sure if all children listened and followed the rules of the game there would be less kids getting hurt.
I always keep a first aid kit in my van. Keeping it fully stocked with all the necessities for any scrapes, cuts and quick simple fixes on the go.
Teach kids to listen to their bodies. If they feel pain or discomfort while playing, they should alert their coach and get out of the game. Most kids do not like sitting out on the sidelines but if pushing through the game injuries may become more severe.
Checking all sports gear prior to playing. Making sure shoes, helmets and other gear are not broken and fit securely. A big one that is overlooked is shoelaces, I have my kids double knot their’s so they do not come untied while playing and they do not trip over them.
Kids are kids and things happen so consider Supplemental accident insurance. It is not just the injury I worry about but the hospital or doctor bills which can be quite costly. I was amazed when I read these statistics: more than 2.6 million children are treated in the emergency department each year for sports and recreation-related injuries. Plus the total cost of unintentional injuries in 2011 was $753 billion. Those numbers are astounding!
Aflac’s individual accident insurance is a way to stay ahead of the medical and out-of-pocket expenses that add up so quickly after an accidental injury. Not just for emergency treatment, but they can help with hospital stays and medical exams, as well as other expenses you may face, such as transportation and lodging needs.
Some insurance companies will try to tell you how much money they’ll save policyholders on premiums, but people buy insurance to get paid when they need to file a claim. Aflac understands this need of urgency and importance of this so they have recently introduced One Day PaySM. Which is an initiative that allows Aflac to process, approve and pay eligible claims in just a day so that you can focus on the injury and not the finances. As a parent I do not want to be worrying about medical bills and finances, I want to focus my kids getting better.
When was your child injured last? Aflac can have you covered! Be sure to check out the One Day PaySM and familiarize yourself before it’s too late!