If you’re child is involved in sports, you understand the importance of keeping them healthy and fit. Between nutrition and body-conditioning, it becomes easier to understand injuries and how to sustain them on and off the field. Here are a few tips on how to keep your young athlete healthy for years to come.
1. Warm Up & Stretching
Warming up and stretching is an essential part of sports. However, many young athletes aren’t aware of this fact, causing a higher risk of injury. As parents, we need to ensure that our kids receive the proper sports training they need in order to protect themselves from injuries. We recommend young athletes begin with a slow jog to warm up their muscles. Stretching the major muscle groups should follow.
2. Nutrition & Hydration
As a key part of any athletes routine, proper nutrition and hydration can really enhance athletic performance. We recommend encouraging your child to drink 60 to 80 ounces of water each day. Make sure they eat a healthy meal two to four hours before a game in order to have the necessary energy. Also, have them eat a healthy meal within one hour after a game to refuel the body.
Encourage your child to rest and recover to avoid the risk of injury, burnout, or stress. Every athlete should have an off-season.
Help your child understand how showing up, putting in the effort, and doing their best is the main goal. Last but not least, show your child your support by showing up to their games and ensuring that they’re receiving up-to-date training and proper medical care.
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