(HealthDay News) -- Playing on a team is a great way for kids to learn sportsmanship and to get exercise. But it's also important to take precautions aimed at reducing the risk of injury.
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The Safekids.org website advises parents to:
- Make sure children get a physical exam before playing.
- Pack a water bottle during practice and games, encouraging kids to drink frequently.
- Promote stretching before practice and games to reduce the risk of muscle injury.
- Ask if coaches are certified in CPR and first aid. Coaches also should be familiar with the signs of concussion and how to prevent overuse injuries.
-- Diana Kohnle
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