Which means (hopefully) kids are spending more time outdoors. Participating in all kinds of organized and spontaneous sports activities, and all around being more physically active.
My kids have been riding their bikes, swimming, fishing, roller skating, playing baseball, climbing, swinging and so much more. I love seeing them so healthy and active.
With this physical activity comes a lot of great benefits for their minds and bodies but it also comes with potential dangers as well.
Did you know that more than 2.6 million children are treated in hospital emergency rooms each year for sports and recreation-related injuries? That’s a lot of injuries and it makes me wonder how many could have been prevented with some proper planning.
Aflac knows just how common summer accidents are and they want to help you protect your family from summer injuries. Aflac has teamed up with Jennie Finch, the USA Olympic gold and silver softball team member to bring you some summer safety tips that are simple but critical to make sure your kids are as safe as possible this summer.
Simple Yet Critical Summer Safety Tips
TIP 1: Use appropriate gear.
For parents who have young children playing, the most important thing to have is the proper equipment. Some equipment may look “optional,” but it is important to wear all necessary pads and safety gear each time you play a physical sport.
A simple helmet can protect for bike riding, scooters, roller skating and more. They are affordable and with all of the fun and cool colors and styles, there is no reason NOT to make sure your kids have the right gear. And that it fits properly.
TIP 2: Preparation is important.
Kids should be adequately prepared with warmups and training sessions before practices and before games. They may want to go 100 percent as soon as they step onto the field, but they need to remember to progress up to their top speed. This will help ensure that they have fun and reduce the chances of an injury. They also should drink plenty of fluids and be allowed periods of rest during practices and games.
Pack an insulated bag with water and high protein snacks for summer activities. Electrolyte drinks are a great option too provided they aren’t filled with artificial ingredients.
TIP 3: Listen to your body.
Teach your children that if at any point they feel pain or discomfort while playing, they should notify their coach and get out of the game. While sitting on the sidelines is one of the most difficult situations a player can face, pushing through injuries increases their severity and keeps you out of action longer.
Sometimes, you don’t realize you are injured until it is too late so don’t overlook things like excessive sweating, lethargy, nausea and tingling skin. Especially when spending all day in the sun.
TIP 4: Make sure your family is covered.
It’s a parent’s job to make sure their family is protected. That’s where my friends at Aflac come in: If an athlete with their supplemental accident insurance plan experiences a serious injury, Aflac can help provide peace of mind and cash benefits to help you and your family get back in the game fast. With Aflac’s new One Day Pay promise, accident claims can even be processed in just ONE DAY.
You can’t always prevent injury even when you are as safe and prepared as possible. Having a supplemental insurance plan is just another way to ensure you are protected and can focus on what matters most – helping your child recover in the event of an injury.
Why consider accident insurance?
- Accident insurance helps protect you from excess out of pocket expenses after an emergency.
- It covers not only medical expenses but things like transportation, lodging and daily expenses that happen during an emergency.
- Helps you focus on recovery instead of worrying about finances.
The US National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health reports that the average cost to treat a broken leg is over $10,000. Seeing that number really makes me think long and hard about accident insurance. And with their One Day Pay initiative Aflac can receive, process, approve and disburse payment for eligible claims in one business day, wow!
Hopefully your summer will be accident-free, but wouldn’t it be nice to have some peace of mind should something happen?
For more information about Aflac and their new One Day Pay program visit: Aflac.com.