While playing sports is an important rite of passage for children, they come with their own sets of risks. Baseball, golf, soccer and other summer sports can involve frequent twisting motions. Other highly competitive sports such as football, gymnastics and wrestling involve rigorous training schedules can be potentially dangerous to an adolescent or teenager. Here are some great tips parents can use to help their young athletes prepare their bodies and protect themselves from sports-related injuries before they happen:
- Get your athlete regular chiropractic adjustments. Don’t wait until they are in pain. Being in alignment puts them on their A-game.
- See a chiropractor if sports trauma occurs. An adjustment helps the body heal more efficiently.
- Encourage your child to wear the necessary equipment and make sure it fits properly.
- Eat healthy meals that are high in fruits, vegetables, proteins, and healthy fats.
- Drink plenty of water and avoid sugar-loaded, caffeinated or carbonated drinks.
- Follow a warm-up routine that includes stretching before every practice, game or meet.
- Get plenty of rest. Sluggishness, irritability and loss of interest are indications of fatigue.