TIPS FOR BACK TO SCHOOL ATHLETES
Many parents do not realize that young athletes experience uneven growth patterns, leaving them susceptible to injury. That’s why it’s important for the young athlete preparing to return to school to pay attention to proper conditioning, prompt treatment of injuries and rehabilitation programs.
“Sports medicine therapists help prevent, recognize, manage and rehabilitate injuries related to sport, exercise, or recreational activity,” says Dr. Fabio Di Stefano, Chiropractor, Acupuncturist and Clinic Director of Promedx Sports Injury and Wellness Centre in Thornhill. Promedx Sports Injury Therapists are specially trained in helping to restore function to their patients and are aware of the unique needs of their younger patients.
“Common sports-related injuries by school-aged athletes include tendonitis, pulled hamstrings and shin splints,” says Dr. Di Stefano. He also offers some tips from Promedx Sports Injury Therapists for preventing many common sports injuries: Stretch muscles before exercising: Muscles and joints need to warm up before strenuous activity.
Use the proper equipment: Use shoes for the activity they were designed for to provide adequate support and protection. Don’t force the body: Consult with a coach or trainer to check on proper technique. An incorrect foot plant or stride can lead to ankle or other related injuries.
Easy does it: Pushing oneself needlessly can lead to injury. Stop pushing yourself if you feel pain or light-headedness. Resume activity only when feeling better. Rest and relaxation: Give the body a rest at least once a week.
“Referral to a sports medicine clinic is not necessary,” says Dr. Di Stefano, a fact of which many parents may not be aware. Combining the knowledge of their coaches and therapists will give a young athlete an edge in any game. Contact us today to set up a consultation!