SUBJECT LINE: Is Your Little Quarterback Getting Sacked?
BODY: Happy October!
It's officially fall and with that comes all my favorite things, like bonfires, hoodies and of course football! I just love those Friday night lights!
With football season in full swing, you may have a kiddo playing on the field, which unfortunately means there is a chance of them getting hurt. Since no parent wants to see their favorite athlete get hurt and we can't exactly wrap them with foam for protection, we wanted to share some ways to help keep your kiddo safer on the field and reduce the risk of any injuries.
Here are 3 easy tips for keeping your favorite athlete safer on the field.
TIP #1: KNOW THE SPORT This may seem like a no brainer, but the chances of your athlete getting seriously injured are greater while they are still learning all the rules of the game. Youth under the age of 10 are more at risk in tackle football because they have open growth plates that make them more susceptible to serious injury. Making sure these young athletes are learning (and practicing) proper blocking and tackling techniques are the first most effective step to preventing head and spinal related injuries.
TIP #2: PLAYER MATCHING For young athletes (especially football players), it’s extremely important that they be paired or matched on the field with other athletes of the same size and skill, rather than age and grade level, due to kids developing at different rates. This gets tough when teams are small, but a good coach will always put the players safety first.
TIP #3: PROPER SELF-CARE I don’t want to sound all preachy, but you just can’t skip self-care, when trying to prevent sports injuries. If your athlete is tired, or dehydrated they are more likely to get injured while playing.
There are 3 ways make sure your athlete is ready to play the season:
1. Get lots of sleep. Kids have a lot on their plate, especially if they play sports. Making sure they get as much rest as possible will help their body heal faster as well as aid their reasoning and decision making on the field.
2. Stay Hydrated. Heat exhaustion and heatstroke are real threats for all athletes, not just kids. To help prevent both of those, make sure your kiddos are getting an average of at least 15 ounces of fluid before and after playing their game. They should also get about 15 ounces every 10 or 15 minutes, during the game. Doing this will help cut back on muscle cramps and headaches as well as increase their overall performance.
3. Proper Warm Up. It’s really common for kids who are normally inactive, to ask to participate in a sport. While it’s GREAT that those kids are wanting to get active, it’s best if their body isn’t thrown into shock overnight with intense activity. Keeping your kids active year round is ideal, but at least make sure your kid is up and moving for at least 6-8 weeks prior to the ball season will help lessen the negative impact the sport will have on their mind and their body. Athletes should also warm up properly before each practice and game to help keep their bodies conditioned.
Give your favorite athlete every advantage they can have. If your little takes a hard hit, watch for the following signs of concussion:
- Blurred vision
- Increased Confusion
- Dilated Pupils
- Weakness in one arm/leg
- Worsening Headache
If they experience any of these symptoms, make sure to seek medical attention as soon as possible.
Does your young athlete need a physical for their team? We can help!
Give our office a call at 555-555-1234 and Brandy will get your scheduled as soon as possible!