Spring is just around the corner, which means more outdoor sports and activities! After a chilly winter, everyone is eager to get back outside. But before returning to the court or field, you'll want to make sure everyone is prepped for the season. Here are our top tips for preventing injuries and safely returning to outdoor action!
Take It Slow
For the most part, children should be staying active during the off-season. If they couldn’t do that, encourage your child to take it slow and ease their way back to action. Jumping in too quickly could cause injury.
Wear Appropriate Equipment
Equipment protects your child’s body when playing sports. Make sure all of their gear still fits properly before the season begins. And if your child wears glasses, consider getting sports glasses to minimize the chance of eye injury.
Fuel Bodies With Nutritious Foods
Fruits and vegetables provide nutrients that can help growth and performance. And protein is essential for building muscles. Your children should avoid eating processed or sugary foods regularly, as junk foods can affect performance. Check out these nutritional recommendations to learn more.
Take Time to Warm-up
Children should incorporate a light 5-minute walk or jog before jumping into a sport or activity. Light pre-activity routines allow the body an opportunity to “warm up” and help minimize injuries.
Get Enough Sleep
Sleep allows the body to refuel and replenish the energy needed for the next day. The amount of optimal sleep can vary depending on age and activity level. Three to six-year-olds need about 10 to 12 hours, 7 to 12-year-olds need about 10 to 11 hours, while 12 to 18-year-olds need approximately 8 to 9 hours.
Consider these tips when getting your children (or yourself) back into spring sports! And remember, our office is only a call away if you run into any injuries or difficulties during the season.