3 Tips to Help Your Athlete Prepare for Two-A-Days
By Virginia Laird
There is nothing more exciting in towns across this great state than the beginning of a little hometown Friday night lights. That’s right! It is almost football time in Texas! For many this means the excitement of two-a-days is about the begin. Although you may be ready to head out and watch your favorite athlete play, your star may not be ready for the struggle that can be found in the early practices of football. Research suggests there are many things you can do to help your athlete prepare for the grueling workout that will be met in the next few weeks. Health and wellness experts advise that parents should take an active role in preparing their student for working out in the August heat. Proper preparation can help prevent heat-related health issues, among other things. A few tips these professionals suggest include:
- Jog with your athlete
- Spend time outside in the heat
- Encourage your athlete to cut back on soda
Jog with Your Athlete
Health and wellness experts advise that as your athlete prepares for the daunting practices ahead it can be wise to encourage light jogging. This can help build stamina for time spent in the heat. For those who find it a battle to get your teen athlete to jog, try going together or making a contest of it. This can be fun while getting in the workout needed to make two-a-days successful.
Spend Time Outside in the Heat
Not only is it a good idea to begin practicing prior getting back to the grueling routine of football, but spending time outdoors while it is hot can help the body adjust. Research suggests that this is a great way to avoid vomiting during these early season practices. If the body is prepared for the heat there is a much smaller chance of that taking place.
Encourage Your Athlete to Cut Back on the Soda
Although soda is tasty, research suggests that too much of it can cause cramping in the muscles. This is something your athlete will need no additional help accomplishing while working out in the heat. Begin encouraging your star football and volleyball player to drop soda and reach for a sports drink of water to stay hydrated and ready for practice.
It is time to start marking your calendar with all the excitement of football season! May this season be the best Pearland has ever seen!
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