With the school year upon us, student athletes are gearing up for a year full of competition, many competing in multiple sports. At Imagine, we’re a collaborating organization with a group known as STOP (Sports Trauma and Overuse Prevention) Sports Injuries, and we wanted to share information with you to pass along to the athlete in your life. We MUCH prefer that you watch them on the playing field instead of watch them perform exercises in our offices!
The two questions that we would like you to consider are these:
1) As a parent/caring adult, how can you help to minimize the risk of injury to the youth athlete in your life?
2) What injury prevention tips are available to pass along to youth athletes?
For question number one, Kris Winders, our Daniel Island Office Clinic Manager, offers the following advice:
“I think by far the most important thing is just to remember that these are KIDS. Their bodies are still developing and changing and their bones and muscles have a lot of maturing to do. I have two boys of my own and I really hope that they are both superstar pro athletes who buy me a beach house and a Ferrari and let me retire at 45. The reality is that even the chance of them playing in college is very small. What is most important is that they are having fun and being SAFE. Dr. James Andrews, a renowned orthopaedist and surgeon to many professional athletes, makes a pretty strong case for letting kids have two to four months of rest from sports each year. This cuts WAY down on overuse injuries and lets their bodies, rest, grow, and heal. I think we should all remember that you can’t train the same way at 10 or 12 that you can at 22. If our kids are good enough, college coaches and pro scouts will notice, even if our kids aren’t playing 11 months a year. As they say… the cream always rises to the top. Rather than pushing them to play more, we should spend a lot more time making sure they are playing with good form. This is especially important in swimmers, pitchers, and overhead athletes. Maybe if we can cut down a little on the volume, and work more on good form, we can keep our kids out of doctor and physical therapy offices and keep them on the field. “
For question number two, we highly recommend that you visit the STOP website. The website is full of great information on not only on sport specific injury prevention, but also on issue specific injury prevention such as preventing concussions and preventing ACL ruptures. For your convenience, below is a list of links to the sports specific injury prevention information on the STOP website. We encourage you to share this article via Facebook or Twitter with the buttons at the top of this article. Injuries inevitably happen, but lets all work together to STOP the ones that we can!
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