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Preparing your children for fall sports, from your Wyoming physical therapist


September 4, 2019

The kids are going back to school, temperatures are becoming cooler, and sports season is in full-swing. While it might be hard for your children to get back in the swing of things, there are a few things you can do to help - particularly when it concerns conditioning. If you are also participating in some fall intramural sports, consider following these tips as well. Always remember, if you have questions about conditioning contact your local Wyoming physical therapist

Physical Activity
It’s going to be harder for your kids to get back into a fall sport if they haven’t been active up until this point. Year-round physical activity is essential to not only maintaining a healthy lifestyle but also lessening the stress on the body when a sport begins again. We highly recommend that before your child starts their fall sport again, that they partake in light physical activity leading up to the first practice. 

Goals
What are your child’s goals for this school year? Particularly their sports season? Setting realistic, and achievable, goals will help get everyone excited for the upcoming sports season. Not only this, but it’ll ensure your children go into the sports season with their goals and success at the forefront of their mind. Setting goals will also help teach your child about the importance of working hard to achieve a common goal, as well as discipline. It’s truly a win-win! 

Gear
Different sports require different athletic gear, and we can almost guarantee that no matter what sport your child is in they will need something. Checking athletic gear prior to the season will ensure you have what you need to be successful. Remember, your child is growing pretty constantly throughout their elementary, middle, and even high school. There is a high probability that you will need to replace their equipment often. 

Physical 
If you haven’t gotten one yet, almost all schools require an athletic physical prior to your child’s participation in a sport. The good news is that physicals are a very mild examination. Your primary care practitioner, and/or your physical therapist can complete a physical within twenty minutes or so, and most of the time it requires very little physical activity on the part of your child. Physicals are important in ensuring your child is physically well enough to participate in the sport. But remember, just because your child passes a physical doesn’t mean you should ignore any injury complaints. If there are complaints during a practice, after a practice, or throughout the day - make sure your child sees a doctor.

While everyone’s body is different, the above tips can help your child (and you) get prepared for fall sports. If you ever have questions about a training regime, contact your Denver physical therapist or primary care physician. At North Platte Physical Therapy, we are here to help meet your needs. We serve the communities of Wyoming and Nebraska with 22 clinics offering a full range of physical therapy services. Contact us today for more information.