Regular sports, like basketball and soccer, are essential for the health and well-being of young children. However, every kind of physical activity comes with a risk of injury. To protect your child, it is important to take certain precautions and to educate them on how to monitor themselves to minimize their chances of getting hurt. Here are some excellent sports injury prevent tips for young athletes.
Teach your child not to push pain
It is crucial to help your child understand that pain is the body’s way of telling us that something is wrong and that they should stop the physical activity if they feel pain, dizziness, light-headedness or any other indication that something is wrong. Some children may be too invested in the sport and may push through the pain to accomplish a goal. However, doing so may lead to a serious injury that could have been prevented or minimized if they had just taken a break and had someone check them over.
Get your child a physical check-up before sports season
Getting a medical check-up is the best way to ensure that your child is fit to engage in the sport. Sports physicals are necessary to identify and treat any physical issues that may lead to a potential injury for young athletes before they engage in sports.
Encourage cross-training in different sports and exercises
When young athletes continuous play only one sport, they are constantly exerting the same group of muscles and joints. This puts them at high risk of obtaining an injury as a result of straining and stressing those same muscles and joints. Parents can help their children by ensuring that they have a varied sports or exercise routine to allow them to exercise different groups of muscles throughout in particular week. A great way to do this is to install a home gym to allow young athletes to work out other muscle groups that they do not usually use in their sport.
Warm-ups are one of the simplest and most efficient ways to prevent sports injuries. Parents and coaches should instil the good habit of warming up before and after any physical exercise. The best warm-ups include both dynamic and static stretching. An example of static stretching would be toe-touches and an example of dynamic stretching, where the body continues to move during stretching, would be jumping jacks.
Ensure Adequate Rest
Make sure that your game receives enough rest the night before any intensive physical exercise or before a big game. Being alert and well-rested will reduce their chances of slipping up and obtaining an injury. It is also necessary to ensure that they have sufficient time to rest between practices games and other sports events to ward off muscle fatigue. When young athletes are not given enough time to recuperate, they are highly susceptible to overuse injuries.
Emphasize Proper Hydration
Educate your child on how important hydration is when playing sports. Explain to them that when they sweat, their body is losing fluids that need to be replenish by drinking more water. Parents should make sure that their kids drink enough water before and after play and be on the lookout for signs of heat exhaustion, such as nausea, fatigue, confusion, vomiting or fainting. It is best to teach your child to be responsible for their own hydration. Eventually, they will remember to keep themselves hydrated without requiring any reminders.