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School Athletic Trainers Keep Student Athletes Safe, Parents Can Help

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Students are heading back to school and back to practice for their favorite fall sports and that means the chance of getting injured also returns. Students are heading back to school and back to practice for their favorite fall sports and that means the chance of getting injured also returns.
NBCRightNow.com - Students are heading back to school and back to practice for their favorite fall sports and that means the chance of getting injured also returns.

There are several things parents can do and should do to make sure they are catching important signs of injuries in their athletes.

Experts say trainers and coaches on the field can lookout for their safety but no one knows the athlete as well as their parents.

"And the parents have an advantage because they know the athlete 10 times better than the coaches or I do so they could actually tell if something is really going on with their child better than we can sometimes," Dawn Morales, Certified Athletic Trainer, explained.

Morales oversees every sports practice after school at Richland High and makes sure the kids are staying safe.

"I would say injuries occur at least everyday you don't want to say someone gets hurt everyday but it's a good day if someone doesn't get hurt," she explained. 

She said they make sure students are warmed up before starting practice and are using proper technique for their sport.

"An ankle roll or ankle strain, might see a grade one concussion you might see a hyper-extended elbow but we take a look at all of these from a finger to a concussion," Morales said.

Concussions are specially worrisome and require some attention at home Morales said parents should keep an eye on the child's appetite. They can ask them how school and practice went and should make sure their memory is on point.

Plus parents can make sure their athlete is getting enough sleep, and is eating well.

"You can never be too conservative because that just means we're being safe so we really look out to see you know if the athlete is ready to go back to play and not until then do we send them out there," Morales said, adding it is especially important to keep the athletes hydrated with all this warm weather coming our way. 
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