As parents, none of us like to think of our children as ever being in danger of dying or even of being seriously ill. However, the truth is that, sometimes, especially in youth sports, the unexpected happens, and if we truly love our children and want the best for them, then we will do everything we possibly can to prepare for the worst, even if “the worst” seems very unlikely to ever happen.
If you’re thinking, “but my child is healthy,what could possibly happen,” consider a recent story from Layton, when a 17 year old boy lost consciousness and collapsed after a fitness training session at school. Luckily, two teachers were able to perform CPR o the young boy and help him to make it through, but what if they hadn’t been there? That’s something most parents don’t want to think about.
However, if we truly love and want to protect our kids, we have no choice but to think about it. Even if our child never mysteriously falls ill or passes out, injuries do happen, and who would be there for your child in this kind of an event?
Most of us trust coaches in these scenarios, but sadly, many coaches are ill equipped to deal with these types of situations, which is why you should check in with your coach and see what the procedure is in emergency situations.If it’s not to your liking, then you, as a concerned parent, may want to help to work out something that is!
The bottom line is that if your coach isn’t trained in emergency situations and/or if there isn’t an emergency plan in place for situations such as these, make it your business to see that a plan and reliable help ARE put into place; your child’s life could depend upon it!