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Chiropractic Treatment is Good for Young Athletes

By Stephen R. Farris

Kids are getting involved in sports more than they have in past decades, and with more involvement, that means they're bound to end up injured at some juncture. 

While they may be having fun participating in baseball, basketball, soccer, softball or whatever sport they're in, strain is being put on their joints, back and muscles. If they're not taking precautions such as stretching or working out to get ready for competition and upcoming season, then chances are they can end up on the bench with some type of injury.

Another area to look at is their nutritional needs and staying hydrated. Kids, regardless of whether they play sports or not, should be eating foods full of nutrients and minerals that will help with their overall growth and physical well-being, as well as, drinking plenty of fluids before, during and after competition or practice to stay hydrated.

Not to worry, there are options available for your child's medical needs if they are injured while playing sports. There's your primary care doctor, the emergency room and then there's your local chiropractor.

Chiropractors can treat the entire neuromusculoskeletal system from headaches, to joint and back pain, muscle tightness and shoulder, arm, ankle and wrist pain. 

Before your child participates in sports, here's a few things you might check out and invest in prior to their activity involvement.

Proper Headgear is a Must

There are really only a few sports where headgear is not required. But in sports like football, baseball, softball and hockey, headgear is a must have to protect the head from injury, such as a concussion. Make sure your the headgear fits right and is rated safe for their particular sport.

Avoid the Bulls, Monsters and Rock Stars

Energy drinks are a big thing these days and you see advertisements about them all the time on television, the internet and hear it on the radio too. However, they're not good for kids - or anybody really - while they are participating in sports competition. For the most part they are high in sugar and caffeine. Sports drinks are acceptable, but going all natural is the best route and that would be water.

If your child does get injured, visit your local chiropractor to help ease their pain and get back on the playing field as quickly as possible. They can also make suggestions on their nutritional health and give them injury prevention and exercises they can do while undergoing treatment. 

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

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