Mix in Some Variety
We know a child might get excited about one activity to the point of obsession (actually, we know many adults who are the same way). But focusing on working the body in the same ways all the time can increase the risk of overuse injury.
An alternative that is much better for both injury risk and overall performance is mixing activities up more with cross-training or different sports. Not only can this help reduce constant stress on specific areas of the body, but a more holistic approach to conditioning can also benefit overall performance.
Incorporate Rest Time
Pushing day in and day out with few or no breaks is just asking for trouble.
When we challenge our bodies through activity, we literally break them down on a cellular level. Rest is when our bodies rebuild and come back stronger. But when the breakdown outpaces the recovery, bones and tissues can weaken to the point of injuries such as stress fractures.
Cross-training and variety can help provide much needed rest for areas of the body, but actual days of lower-impact activity or off-seasons away from intense sports can be essential as well. Please talk with us, your primary care physician, or a fitness expert on what type of rest schedule would best benefit your child’s activity level and needs.
Address Problems and Injuries Early
If and when a child does experience a sports injury, they may either not fully understand how much they are injured or be afraid to tell someone about it.
As a parent, you know your child’s behaviors best. If you notice them moving differently – such as limping around or throwing more gingerly – do not sit on it. Check on your child, and make the call to remove them from the action for a closer evaluation.
If your child has persistent pain during or after activity, pain that does not respond to rest, persistent swelling around a joint, or is in sudden pain after an injury that results in an audible pop, contact us. And frankly, contact us for any other concerns you may have about your child’s orthopedic health. There is no worry too minor to talk with us about.
Dr. Michael Shea, one of the more recent additions to our team, is well-experienced in both family medicine and sports medicine. He or another of our experts will be more than happy to see your child and determine an optimal plan of treatment to get them back to full action, if one is required.
Call our Carmichael Office at (916) 961-3434 or fill out our online contact form.