Here are some tips to help your children or teenagers avoid sports injury this winter
1.) Warm-up the muscles & stretch before a game or practice – A warm-up will increase blood flow to the muscles and tendons, which makes them less likely to be injured. Warming up also helps by improving the range of motion and body temperature control. A good warm-up exercise can consist of almost any light to moderate aerobic activity—something that gets your child’s body moving but isn’t too physically taxing.
2.) Stretch after exercise – Gently stretch the muscles used in the sport to increase the blood flow to them & to help to relax them.
3.) Gear up – When children are active in sports, make sure they use the right protective gear for their sport and ensure the gear is in good condition, fits appropriately, and is worn correctly all the time.
4.) Know the game – Make sure that they know how to play the sport before going out on the field and that they know the proper techniques & guidelines. In every sport, there is a correct way and a wrong way of doing things & the wrong way usually leads to injury.
5.) Keep hydrated – Before during & after sport keep up those fluids. Water is essential in regulating body temperature.
6.) Keep warm – Winter sports are often carried out early on frosty mornings, so ensure children are wearing warm layers, especially remembering to keep warm before & after playing. Keeping warm can prevent your muscles from becoming tight and losing their range of motion, which in turn prevents a potential injury.
7.) Rest – Athletes of all ages need to rest between practices & games. A lack of sleep and muscle fatigue can result in injury.
Injuries are not always preventable of course, but the good news is that Osteopathy is a safe, gentle, and effective treatment for teenagers and younger children experiencing pain.
The team at Evans Osteopaths will be able to see your child quickly to diagnose the problem and treat the injury so that you have a healthy, happy and active child again in no time!
For more information about how we treat sports injuries in both adults & children read another of our articles – Treating Sports Injuries –http://www.evansosteopaths.co.nz/blog/2017/07/07/treating-sports-injuries/