Community sports are a fantastic way for your child to develop skills, get active and socialise with others.
However, with these benefits also comes the risk of injury. While different sports have a range of injuries that can occur while playing, preparing for the upcoming season can help your child avoid injury. With that in mind, we’ve listed five ways you can help prepare your child from injury this sporting season.
Highlight the importance of warming up
Stretching and warming up is crucial for performance and injury prevention. Warming up helps prepare your child for exercise through increasing their blood flow, range of movement and flexibility in the muscles. Ensuring that your child is aware of the importance of warming up and that they continue to perform it before participating in sport, can help prevent injury from occurring.
Learn the correct technique
Many injuries caused in community sports are often a result of having incorrect technique or form while playing. For example, kicking a ball with poor technique can lead to a sprain or strain in the lower limbs. Ensure that your child learns the correct technique by attending training before and throughout the sporting season.
Adequate rest and taking breaks
The lack of sleep can negatively impact your child’s performance and recovery after sports. Children and teens are often placed at a higher risk for overuse injuries as their bodies are still in development. We’ve found many overuse injuries enter our practice from soreness in the muscles to stress fractures in the bones. Ensure that your child receives an adequate amount of rest, especially during the offseason and between sports to allow the body to recover.
Have the correct equipment
Make sure that your child has the correct equipment required before the season begins. Having correct protective equipment such as shin guards, mouthguards and shoes are crucial in protecting your child from injury during sports. Furthermore, ensure that the equipment fits correctly and continues to be replaced as your child grows throughout the years.
Heat-related injuries are a key concern for children in Australia. When your child becomes dehydrated, their muscles can start to cramp and spasm, therefore increasing their risk of injury if they continue to play. Ensure that your child has adequate water before, during and after sport and watch for heat-related illness signs such as fatigue, nausea or fainting.
If you notice a change in your child’s technique while playing sport, it’s important to recognise the injury and seek help early. Overuse injuries, sprains and strains can worsen over time if left unrecognised, therefore it’s important that both you and your child are aware of the signs to avoid further injury from occurring. If your child has been injured or experiencing aches and pains, contact the Progressive team this week.