In a day where video games and cellular use is on the rise, it’s important to keep your children active. One of the easiest ways to do this is to sign your children up for sports. Sports teach discipline and promote teamwork. With after-school practice sessions, several days each week and games on the weekend sports also offer a great way to keep your child physically fit. Before sending them onto the field it’s important to make sure they are safe, healthy and comfortable. Luckily, there are several ways to achieve this.
Just as the pros protect themselves on the field, you, as the parent, must make sure that your children have the proper equipment to offer them the ultimate in protection against injuries. Things like a helmet, arm, knee and elbow pads, where required, are also essential. No matter what sports you select for your child, the shoes and undergarments are just as important for long-lasting traction and sustained comfort. For instance, there are socks for baseball and football that have a built-in stirrup. Worn over the socks they insulate to prevent foot injuries, offer support, while also preventing the undersocks from falling down.
Proper Nutrition and Hydration
Maintaining a healthy weight is key to success in any sport. Proper nutrition created with a healthy diet rich in carbs, protein, vitamins, and minerals and low in fat helps to fuel and thus energize the body. Luckily, this is easy to achieve. Eating foods such as lean meats, fish, green vegetables, whole grains, fruits, and nuts will keep your child at a healthy weight and build and repair muscles. It’s also essential that your child remain hydrated. While water is the beverage of choice before and during practice sessions and games, afterward, a sports drink will help to replenish lost carbs and electrolytes.
While it’s not likely that young children will have a heart attack while training or playing the game on the field, it can happen. Sudden Cardiac Death, SCD, rarely happens. However, the fact that it can happen is quite scary for any parent, especially a parent without the skills to possibly save their child. CPR training is important not just for parents with kids involved in sports, but for all parents. Anything can happen, like a toddler getting a small toy logged in their throat or a player on the field losing consciousness with a small window of survival in front of you. The good news is that a CPR course takes just a few hours to complete, giving you peace of mind.
Getting Enough Rest
All children need a lot of sleep. However, for a child involved in sports, getting enough sleep helps to improve their mental focus, maintain a positive attitude and keeps their body healthy against sickness. Luckily, in most cases, children who partake in sports fall asleep pretty easily. They have a hectic schedule that consists of attending school, doing homework and practice and games.
Sports provide a wonderful way for children to stay physically active, make long-lasting friendships, and learn discipline and teamwork. These are the fundamentals of life that your child can take away from the game and use for the rest of their lives. Just make sure that your child continues to enjoy the sport, train hard and has fun. Sometimes parents lose sight of the small details like what’s in the best interest of their kid. Even if your child possesses natural athletic abilities, if they don’t enjoy it, they will resent doing it later on.