It is important for kids to get regular physical activity and the best kind of activity or sport is one which your child really enjoys. This enjoyment will help create an enthusiastic attitude toward physical activity in the future.
Young people often are tempted to “skip the warm-up” because…. well, because they CAN. Children and young adults may feel that they don’t need to be careful or warm-up, especially if they are excited about beginning a workout or game and don’t want to delay. But children can hurt themselves by working cold muscles. Their recovery time may be short and seem uneventful, but they can create scar tissue that leads to physical problems later!
Children may be involved in training schedules with their school or team. But parents should check on their progress to be sure that the schedule and training level is right for the child. Children may need additional help in preparing their bodies. All children do not advance at the same level, or have the same physical strengths and weaknesses. A child may be reluctant to speak up for fear of losing face, or may not know that s/he needs extra guidance. Parents can help by checking up with their children to find out how they are feeling about their physical skills, and even having them demonstrate some of the activities that they are required to perform.
Doctors of Chiropractic can assist in many ways with the health and physical capabilities of young athletes. Chiropractors are trained to perform sports physicals, screen for scoliosis, counsel patients about strengthening exercises and about the proper way to exercise to avoid injury. If an injury does occur, the doctor of chiropractic can help by providing gentle, specific treatment and rehabilitative care.
Alexander Chiropractic, Spring Texas. www.alexchiro.com
Dr. Greg Alexander – Providing care to children and adults since 1987
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