Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Aflac Heisman Sports Safety Tips & Ultimate Football Experiences Giveaway #AflacSweeps


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Injuries can and do happen in football, soccer and other sports, even in no-contact sports like flag football. Believe me I know because I learned this lesson from personal experience with my daughters who have played soccer and flag football all through high school. 

Luckily the accidents they and their team mates have endured during their team practice sessions and games with other schools -- including skinned knees and a sprained ankle -- have been relatively minor. Thinking back, these injuries could have been more frequent and a whole lot worse if they were not wearing the proper protective gear and playing the game accordingly to the rules.


Now that the school year is in full swing with football, soccer, flag football and other fall sports competitions, the topic of safety couldn't be more timely. To help protect our kids of all ages, whether they play on a team or just for fun, from sports injuries and minimizing the chances of a visit to the Emergency Room this season, Aflac offers valuable sports safety tips worth considering and sharing with your own children and friends. These apply to football but no matter what athletic extra curricular activities your child participates these basic guidelines can potentially also benefit you. 

Aflac Sports Safety Tips 

Wear the Proper Gear 
Even equipment that appears to be optional should always be worn. That means suiting up in all the proper regulation pads and safety gear before every practice or game and immediately alerting your coach if you show up without any of the required equipment. 

Follow the Rules
Inarguably, being an unstoppable powerhouse on the football field is central to the game culture. But, even when the adrenalin starts coursing through your body you must remember to always follow the rules. There's a reason all those things like tripping, clipping, blocking below the knees and helmet-to-helmet combat are not permitted in football: they can inflict serious injuries on you and/or others.


Listen to Your Body
Whenever you play stay in constant contact with how you're feeling mentally and physically. The second something just doesn't feel right and you I feel either discomfort or pain, alert your coach. Taking a break on the bench may be humbling but if you choose the alternative and keep playing your injury is only going to worsen. 

Take Doctor's Orders
After experiencing an injury the first question a player always seems to ask is, "When can I play again?" The answer will vary so listen to your doctor's advice. Remember even if you can't return to the sport right away a doctor or physical therapist might have some ideas of how to rehab the injury and stay in shape. Most important of all, after an injury do not resume participation on your team until your doctor clears you. 

Make Sure You have Adequate Coverage
Despite taking all the recommended precautions, when unexpected accidents happen you want to make sure you're prepared. That means in advance be sure you have supplemental insurance in place to cover out-of-pocket expenses associated with hospital and doctor bills. If you do you'll have both peace of mind and cash benefits to help you get back football ASAP.

Pro Athletes Come to the Game Always Prepared, So Should You

Take it from the Aflac and Desmond Howard, former NFL wide receiver, punt returner and kickoff returner and currently a college football analyst for ESPN. 

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