I don’t know about you, but the first thing that came to mind when our son Timmy asked if he could play lacrosse was, “Hmm, isn’t that another one of those European sports?” I have to admit I’m a die-hard football fan. I grew up on football, baseball, 4th of July and apple pie, because they’re at the heart of American culture. Well, at least in the 60’s and 70’s they were! But over the past two decades there has been a rise in new sports that have taken hold in America. Soccer being the most obvious and widely accepted. Seriously, do you know any kid today that hasn’t at least tried playing soccer? We even import talented players from England to come over and run our summer camps!
Recently, the latest newcomer to our athletic fields is lacrosse. Yes, I know it’s been around for centuries but it’s just beginning to take hold on our turf, just like soccer. Today, lacrosse is the fastest growing youth sport in America and is quickly positioning itself as a dominant sport in our nation. I have to admit, I do like the idea of running around with a club, I mean stick, in hand. And lacrosse has a bit of good ‘ole rough and tumble just like football. But just like any contact sport we need to understand if it’s safe for our youngsters to play. Should we be worried? Well, yes and no. We just need to know some lacrosse facts. So instead of breaking your child’s heart and using that ever difficult word NO to turn down your child’s desire to learn a new sport, here’s a few simple tips on how to ensure Timmy or Kimmy’s safety as reported by the Sports Injury Blog.
We should also remember the importance of sun safety too. Take frequent breaks from the sun under a portable lacrosse umbrella. I found my portable umbrella at www.joeshade.com. Here you will find not only the best, team sports umbrella on the market but you will also find interesting articles on tailgating, fishing umbrella, and camping. See you there and stay cool with JoeShade!