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Is Your Child Ready for Fall Sports?

By Donna Stark

Whether you want to believe it or not, the start of school is just around the corner and that means the start of the fall sports season is too. Pretty soon, you will find yourself cheering and clapping in the bleachers as you watch your child and teammates play their hearts out. But that's not the only thing you will be doing. You may also be grimacing and looking away during some of the rougher plays in the game. Thankfully, though, there are a couple of things you can do as a parent to reduce the risk of your child getting hurt. Here are some suggestions from your local chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic.

Take Your Child in for a Physical

There's a good reason why schools require a sports physical before any child can play on their teams. Physicals help determine whether it is safe for your child to participate in a sport or not. During the physical, your primary care doctor will gather all the medical history required and will assess the physical condition of your child to make a fair determination.  

Get Your Child Moving

Jumping into an intense training schedule after living a sedentary lifestyle during summer could set your child up for injury, so be sure to help them get their body ready. You can do so by limiting their TV, video game, and phone times, and making sure they are participating in physical activity every day. And if your child is older? Incorporate some strength training into their fitness routine as well.

Have Your Child Warm Up

In addition to preparing your child's body a few weeks before their sport begins, it's also important to teach them how to warm up before training sessions and games. By learning how to stretch the body correctly and engaging in low-intensity movements, such as a quick walk or jog, your child can take an active part in the prevention of injury.

Encourage Your Child to Stay Hydrated

Dehydration can occur very quickly and can lead to serious medical issues if your child isn't paying attention to the amount of water they drink every day. Make sure your child has enough water available to drink by having them carry a refillable bottle during the day and by ensuring they have more than enough during practice sessions and games.

Prioritizing Safety for the Season Ahead

By following the tips above, you can help your child reduce the risk of injury during the fall sports season and keep them in the game for as long as they want. And remember, if you have any other questions on what steps to take, talk to your primary care doctor or the coach. They will be sure to give you great advice!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Dallas, Tex. 

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