Help your athlete avoid overuse injuries
Do your kids play year-round sports? It could be why they’re injured.
Nearly half of all sports-related injuries to middle and high school student-athletes are a result of overuse. Why? Young athletes these days participate in sports year-round and on multiple teams, both of which are risk factors for overuse injuries. As Tennessee schools transition to winter sports basketball and wrestling, parents should be aware of the signs of overuse.
Some tips to help avoid overuse:
- Allow for one to two days per week for bodies to rest.
- Schedule breaks from training and competition every two to three months while focusing on other activities and cross-training to prevent loss of skill or conditioning.
- Teach your children to be in tune with their bodies for cues to slow down or alter training methods.
- Keep them well hydrated. Dehydration leads to fatigue and increased chance of injury.
Find a pediatric sports medicine specialist at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.