Helping Kids Stay Fit At School Sports
Our top tips for helping kids prevent sport injuries this school year.
Sports and activities are a vital part of growing up, they help the body develop and maintain its functional ability. Regardless of the level participated in recreational or competitive sports there is always a risk of injury, more so for contact activities.
When it comes to our children we need to make sure we take every possible action where possible to minimise the risks.
Children can respond well to injuries with the majority being soft tissue in nature such as sprains, strains due to excessive force or repetitive force over prolonged periods, though you do need to remember if in doubt check it out.
Here are our 7 tips to help prevent injury and promote a better training practise for your children.
- Prepare the body for exercise making sure it’s warmed up, mobile and able to maintain the exercise in question.
- The right equipment will go a long way to help you look after you’re children, equipment needs to be designed for the job at hand being correctly fitted and fit for purpose, using good quality gear that won’t let you down.
- Good techniques come from good coaching and training practise, perfecting and honing all the necessary skills is not always a child’s priority.
- Cross training can help strengthen, maintain flexibility and improve overall conditioning, children often only want to do the bits they like or are good at, bear this in mind when looking at the effort that is put into the exercise undertaken. Concentrating on a singular activity is not always good for a more complete development physically.
- Cooling down and stretching as part of post workout is as important as the pre-work out routine helping the body to recover after training.
- Rest, a fatigued body is at risk of injury as the protective mechanism may be compromised it’s also a vital time to listen and feel what’s going on with the body and it’s a time where feedback from a child can give clues to possible niggles or injuries, make it comfortable and relaxed without pressure to take the vital and useful rest time.
- Any niggles or injuries mentioned or experienced should be assessed with the appropriate action taken with the team physio or osteopath etc, if you don’t have one find one you can work with to help progression, recovery and on track to get the best results possible.