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Advice for Avoiding Injury in Youth Sports

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Philip Ward Seattle suggests a few preventative measures that will help young athletes avoid injury.

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Advice for Avoiding Injury in Youth Sports

  1. 1. Advice for Avoiding Injury in Youth Sports PHILIP WARD SEATTLE
  2. 2. Youth sports can be stressful. Young athletes play with an attitude that broadcasts invincibility. They kick, tumble, and dodge their way to a goal, paying no mind to potential broken bones or gashed knees. Their tenacity is admirable – and stressful for their sideline-bound parents! Kids who give their all on the field are often subject to the scrapes and breaks that come part and parcel with  Injuries are nearly impossible to avoid in youth sports, but parents can take steps to lessen their frequency and severity. Here, I outline a few tips that may lessen the stress for parents and young athletes alike.  
  3. 3. Communicate Kids who do sports need to tell their coaches and parents when they feel pain; not doing so can lead to irreparable injury if the hurt is left unchecked and untreated. To circumvent this, parents should encourage open communication and build a healthy rapport with their children around the subject of sports.
  4. 4. Set Warm-Ups Dance, football, swim: no matter your sport, warming up is a must. Athletes need to stretch and warm their muscles before they start practice, else they risk overtaxing their muscles and injuring themselves. Given that young athletes are still growing, skipping a warm-up routine can be even more damaging for kids than it might otherwise be for adults. Always enforce the warm-up, even if the team wants to leap into the game!
  5. 5. Allow for Rest Every athlete needs a good night’s sleep to thrive. Without proper rest, the body’s stamina levels drop dramatically, thereby increasing the risk of on-field exhaustion or injury. Encourage your child to rest after game days and practices! They need the time to recover more than you might think.
  6. 6. Hydrate Often Every athlete knows that staying hydrated is vital to performance, especially during the summertime. Not drinking adequate amounts of water can ultimately lead to lessened performance, exhaustion, and even fainting. Make sure that you have water and electrolytes on-hand during sporting events to ensure that your child stays hydrated!
  7. 7. Encourage Proper Technique A young athlete is only as good as the techniques that they use. When it comes to sports, there is very little margin for error. A technical mistake in form or stance could do serious harm to a young athlete, so it’s vital that they learn and practice proper technique.
  8. 8. Thank You! PhilipWardSeattle.org

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