Protecting the Safety of Young Athletes
By Southwest Children's Clinic
October 11, 2021
Category: Children's Sports
Tags: sports physicals  

Keeping your little one safe from sports-related injuries doesn’t have to be challenging.

We all know the benefits of exercise for children and teens. Getting them active and moving can be great for their health, endurance, and confidence, not to mention the benefits of socializing. Of course, it is also our job as your West Jordan, UT, pediatrician to keep little athletes safe both on and off the field through sports physicals and other preventive measures. Learn more by contacting Southwest Children's Clinic.

Gear Up with the Proper Equipment

It’s important that kids wear the appropriate safety gear for their chosen sport and that the gear fits them properly. Safety gear includes everything from knee pads to helmets. Depending on the type of sport your child is playing they may also require special shoes, mouthguards, athletic cups, and additional padding, as well as protective eyewear. Talk with our West Jordan, UT, pediatricians about the type of sports your child is playing so we can recommend the appropriate safety equipment to keep them safe all year long.

Make Sure They’re Training and Conditioning

You wouldn’t let your child go into a test without studying so you also wouldn’t let them jump onto the court or field without training for it first. Your child must undergo the proper preparation and training before the season so that their bodies are geared up and ready for the movement, speed, agility, endurance, and strength that’s required.

Take Time to Warm-Up

Along with training and conditioning, your child should also warm up before game time. Warm-ups should include light cardio such as running or jogging and active stretching to help get the blood flowing and to warm up the muscles so they are limber and ready for activity. Jumping into a game or any athletic activity without warming up can lead to injuries such as strains, sprains, and tears.

Get an Annual Sports Physical

Any child that wants to participate in sports here in West Jordan, UT, will need to turn to our pediatricians for a sports physical. This is the best way to determine if there are any health problems or past injuries that could impact how your child plays or whether they are right for their chosen sport. Sports physicals are necessary for all kids and are often performed once a year before the start of the school year.

Whether you need to schedule a sports physical with our West Jordan, UT, pediatricians or you have questions about your child’s health, diet, or current exercise routine, the team at Southwest Children's Clinic is here to answer all of your questions and to provide comprehensive care. Call us today at (801) 563-1975.