Safe spring and summer fun

Participating in sports and staying active helps children and adolescents keep fit. While we want our kids to be active, we also want them to play safe. Below are some practical tips to reduce the number of head injuries, spinal cord traumas, fractures, sprains, deep cuts and other injuries that can occur during popular sports and activities. Remember wearing protective equipment does not make you invincible, use your common sense and know the risks.


Parents and caregivers should:
  • Make sure your child’s helmet meets Quebec and Canada’s standards. The markings ASTM, CPSC, CSA or Snell Foundation standards should appear on the helmet
  • The helmet shout fit squarely on your child’s head
  • A helmet pushed to the back of the head like a baseball cap is useless
  • The chin strap should be attached tightly and allow minimal movement of the helmet when your child’s mouth is open or closed
  • The distance between the eyebrow and the edge of the helmet should not be larger than the width of one finger
  • Never use a helmet that has been damaged or if you don’t know its history. There may be damage that is not visible
  • Helmets are recommended for many spring and summer sports, including: tricycling, bicycling, in-line skating, skateboarding and scootering
  • Wears other protective equipment appropriate for the specific sport, such as knee and elbow pads
  • Ensure your child starts wearing a helmet as soon as he starts riding a tricycle
  • Make sure bicycles, tricycles, etc, are the appropriate size and work properly

Teach children to:

  • Know and follow road safety rules for cyclists
  • Make certain they are always visible to motorists
  • Use reflectors on their bicycles and clothing at night

NOTE: The Canadian Bike Helmet Coalition says wearing a helmet reduces the risk of brain injury by more than 85%. Traumatic head injuries continue to be a leading cause of death and disability among children and adolescents. Parents should set a good example by also wearing a helmet.

Scooters, Inline-skating and skateboarding

Parents and caregivers should teach children to:

  • Use this equipment in areas designated for the activity and not on busy streets
  • Teach hildren to wear protective helmets designed for these sports
  • Wear helmets, elbow pads and knee pads
  • Watch out for ^pedestrians
  • Not ride “double”
  • Wear gloves to protect their hands
  • Follow road safety rules
  • Make sure they are always visible to motorists

Parents and caregivers should:

  • Not carry young children in backpack while they inline-skate or skateboard


Parents and caregivers should:

  • Make sure soccer net are well maintained and properly anchored so they cannot fall over
  • Make sure there is adequate supervision

Teach children to:

  • Not hang from the goal post. The net and fall forward and your child can be pinned underneath


Parents and caregivers should:

  • Make sure the swimming area is properly supervised
  • Make sure swim in an area for which they have the appropriate skill level

Teach children to:

  • Not dive into lakes or areas with shallow water
  • Only dive off a diving board after proper instruction


  • Make sure your child wears a proper fitting and approved life jacket
  • Never stand in a boat
  • Children should not go out in a boat alone


Parents and caregivers should:

  • Make sure equipment is safe and working properly
  • Make sure surfaces under equipment have at least one foot of loosely packed sand or wood chips safe for playgrounds
  • Make sure there is no broken glass or other sharp objects in the area
  • Children use the play equipment for its intended purpose
  • Children use age-appropriate equipment that does not exceed their abilities
  • Parents or caregivers supervise the play


  • Avoid trampolines and mini-trampolines they may cause serious injury

Enjoy your summer but do not forget to:

  • Drink water or sports drinks before, during and after play
  • Apply sunscreen often
  • Wear a hat