With the start of Fall, comes a return to school and sports. An important piece of injury prevention is appropriate protective equipment like helmets, pads and shoes. Parents should talk with coaches before the season starts so they have time to ensure the proper fit and equipment should be checked regularly (ex. football helmets pumped weekly). It’s also important to emphasize proper technique and guidelines. Every sport has a right and wrong way of doing things – for example: football players should be taught to tackle to avoid concussion and baseball players taught proper throwing mechanics and follow pitch count guidelines.