Now that school is back in session, school and club sports are back into rotation. While it’s fantastic to see your children burning energy and calories in a healthy way, the chance of an injury is something that you need to be wary of. That is why, in today’s blog post, we wanted to touch on a few things that you can do to help minimize the chances of your child being injured while playing sports. Let’s dive in!
Talk to Your Athlete
As simple as it may be, a conversation about pain and how to cope with it can go a long way. Though it may not prevent an injury from happening in the first place, talking with your young athlete about how to recognize and gauge pain can help keep an accident from becoming more severe. Aside from that, make sure that they know to tell you when they’re in pain so that you can help them get the care they need.
Take Time to Stretch
Stretching is incredibly important. Unfortunately, many young athletes don’t feel the need to take time to stretch their muscles before or after a workout or practice. Even though they feel invincible, they are always at risk of injury. For that reason, you want to make sure that your child understands just how important it is to take time to stretch — even if the rest of the team isn’t doing it. They’ll be thankful they did when they’re less sore and injury-free.
Promote Drinking Water
Something that so many people look over that actually contributes quite a bit to general health and well-being is water consumption. This is especially important when talking about young athletes. One of the best things that you can do is to promote drinking plenty water at home. Make sure that your child always leaves for practice with a water bottle and that they are drinking plenty. Hydrating can drastically reduce the chances of injury.
Encourage Proper Technique
There are going to be days where the last thing that your kiddo wants to do is go to practice. On these days, it’s easy to neglect proper technique or pay less attention to what they’re doing in practice. While this is a very harmless mindset to be in, it can be incredibly dangerous for an athlete. Without proper technique, there is a greater chance they will be injured. Explaining this to your child can help them understand the importance of always trying to execute proper technique.
Schedule a Preseason Physical
A requirement for most athletes, preseason physicals are one of the best ways to catch issues early on. Aside from that, a physical can help a medical professional determine if your young athlete is fit to engage in practices and competitive play before any damage happens. By scheduling a preseason physical, you can drastically reduce the chances of your child getting injured from an underlying issue.
Visit Pediatric Associates of Northern Colorado
Whether you need to schedule a preseason physical or your child has endured an injury, Pediatric Associates of Northern Colorado in Fort Collins can help. Our team is dedicated to providing children in Northern Colorado with the care that they need to live healthy, happy lives. Contact our office today with any questions that you have, we are happy to help.