Posted on 09-27-2012
Today's youth are largely sedentary so if you are a concerned parent researching ways for your child to prevent injury in sports, I first of all have to applaud you for raising a child who wants to by physical!!! Unfortunately you are in the minority as childhood obesity is skyrocketing in the U.S.
That said the American Academy of Pediatrics recently addressed the main issues to look at for your young athlete: 1) Take at least 1 day off a week to give your body time to recover. 2) Take breaks to reduce risk of injury and prevent heat illness. 3) Use correct gear that is right for the sport and fits properly, and don't assume because you are wearing protective gear you can perform more dangerous and risky things. 4) Drink plenty of fluids before, during and after exercise to avoid heat illness. Coaches should reduce or stop practices when heat or humidity is high. 5) Use proper technique at all times. 6) Coaches should play it safe and enforce strict rules against head-first sliding, spearing, and body checking, and stop the activity if there is any pain.
I have always advocated that athletes both young and old should have a biomechanical evaluation with a Chiropractor. Of course everyone should see their physician to rule out any impending or hidden disease that can create problems however a Chiropractic evaluation will be able to reduce the risk of injury to the human frame and will improve coordination, joint range of motion and elasticity! This means improved performance! If you or your young one would like to have this evaluation then give our office a call at 243-9464. If you mention this blog at the time of scheduling you will receive a fantastic discount!
Have a blessed day folks and remember to play hard but play safe.
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