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Play It Again Sports of Anchorage Offers Tips for National Youth Sports Safety Month


Retailer says proper safety gear is the best defense against sports
related injuries

Anchorage, AK (Grassroots Newswire) March 18, 2010 -- In recognition of
National Youth Sports Safety Month, which takes place this April, Play It
Again Sports of Anchorage is offering tips to keep area children safe
during recreational or competitive play.

According to Bruno, the following tips can help lessen the risk of a child
sustaining a sports or recreation-related injury:

* Wear the right gear for your sport: Protective gear such as wrist and
shin guards, and knee and elbow pads should be worn during all active
sports. For children who participate in hockey, baseball, lacrosse,
fastpitch softball, ski and snowboarding, a helmet should be worn at all

* Make sure it fits: If a helmet is the wrong size, it cannot do its job.
Therefore, avoid the temptation of letting your kids borrow equipment from
friends or siblings.

* Maintain quality: Analyze your child's gear at the start of each
sporting season. If padding is worn or buckles are missing or broken,
it's time to get something new.

'"There is always the risk of injury when a child participates in a sport,
but the prevalence of injuries can be diminished with proper prevention,"
said Don Bruno of Play it Again Sports of Anchorage. "In particular,
being equipped with gear that is safety approved and designed for the
specific sport is a child's best defense again sustaining an injury."

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more
than half of the seven million sports and recreation-related injuries that
occur each year are sustained by youth between the ages of five and 24.
In addition to the use of inefficient gear, causes for injury include
varying sizes of participants and slower reaction times in growing

"Fortunately, thanks to the popularity of events such as the X Games and
the Olympics, children are growing more accustomed to seeing athletes
wearing protection," said Bruno. "However, parents should never allow
wearing protective gear to be a choice. It's a prerequisite for
participating in sports."

Play It Again Sports of Anchorage, which is part of a nationwide chain
that has been serving local communities for 25 years, sells a wide
selection of new name brand fitness and sports equipment, and also buys,
sells, and trades quality used sports and fitness gear.

All staff members at the store are trained to properly fit both children
and adults for the protective gear needed for a wide variety of sports.

For more information about Play It Again Sports, please contact Don Bruno
at 907-278-7529.

About Play It Again Sports®
Play It Again Sports® leads the nation in the buying and selling of
quality used sports and fitness equipment. There are nearly 350
franchised stores in the United States and Canada. Play It Again Sports
buys, sells, and trades quality used and new brand name sports & fitness
equipment. Play It Again Sports is franchised by Winmark Corporation®,
which also franchises Once Upon A Child®, Plato’s Closet®, Music Go
Round®, and Wirth Business Credit®. For more information, visit

About Winmark Corporation®
Winmark Corporation®, based in Minneapolis, creates, supports and finances
business. Specializing in leasing and developing franchises for retail
stores that buy, sell, and trade new and used merchandise, it is the
parent company of Play It Again Sports®, Once Upon A Child®, Plato’s
Closet®, Music Go Round®, Wirth Business Credit®, Winmark Capital® and
www.WBSOnline.com. Winmark has more than 900 franchise territories and is
publicly traded at (NASDAQ=WINA). For more information, visit


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