You know the story…. Spring break and summer are right around the corner, and what do your kids want to do? They gravitate directly to the iPad or go straight to sit in front of the TV and play video games. Kids need down time to allow their bodies to recover, micro-injuries to heal, and their nervous systems to calm down. On the other hand, however, too much inactivity can put them at risk for injury. Just like with adults, there has to be a healthy balance. We here at Sports Performance are Doctors of Physical Therapy specializing in sports rehab, enhancing athletic performance performance, movement analysis, and injury prevention.
Too much inactivity can put [athletes] at risk for injury.
WHAT IS INJURY PREVENTION?
What is injury prevention and why is it important? Athletics and sports overall, are billion dollar industries. Organizations and teams spend lots amounts of money on individual players and they want to ensure that they can minimize risk. Parents and families spend also spend a lot of time and money on youth athletics. Families want to balance minimizing risk of injury, boosting their child’s chance of making that team, staying out of trouble, as well as possibly becoming a college or pro-athlete one day. A thorough injury prevention program is well balanced in stretching, strengthening, stability training, and recovery. This comprehensive approach address weaknesses and enhances strengths to allow the athlete to perform at their best, all while decreasing the risk for injury. This is a great way that individuals and teams can all help to minimize risk. No one wants to be in pain or get injured, especially when there are actions we can take to decrease risks. This is how programs like the Thrower’s Ten and FIFA 11+ come about and how they can help minimize risk and severity of injury.
[The] program is well balanced in stretching, strengthening, stability training, and recovery.
WHAT CAN YOU DO AS A PARENT?
What can you do as a parent? How can you help your child compete while remaining healthy? Luckily, Sports Performance has you covered! We feel it is so important to teach children to listen to their bodies and we want to help them understand how important it is to develop proper warm-up, competition and recovery habits. We have worked hard to build a Youth Injury Prevention group program that will be running for Spring Break, Summer Break and Fall Break. Our latest program will be the two weeks of Spring Break. The first week is March 19th – 22nd, 2018 and the second week is March 26th – 30th, 2018. You have the choice to join in for one day, one week, or both weeks, whatever fits your young athlete’s spring break schedule. Disclaimer: injuries happen and there is never a guarantee that they won’t happen, but we have built a program that will mitigate the risk of injury.
Teach children to listen to their bodies.
This program will entail a movement screen and analysis, identifying athletes’ muscular mobility and movement deficits that are putting them at risk for injury, addressing those deficits, and giving them a good workout in the process!
The program is individualized and involves strength, agility, flexibility and mobility, improving your athletes movements and helping to decrease the risk of injury while they are moving and playing!
HOW TO GET STARTED?
-Dr. Nick Schroeder, PT, DPT
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