5 Ways Your Teen Can Prepare for Sports Season
FRIDAY, July 21, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Competitive sports can be a lot of fun for kids and teens, but starting a new season requires some planning.
Nemours TeensHealth offers some suggestions for kids and teens who are taking up a new sport or beginning a new season.
You can do this by writing down an exercise plan. Ask your coach, gym teacher or trainer for workout ideas. If you can’t get to the gym, apps and online workouts offer options for exercising at home.
Write down your goals for the week and your workout plans. If you schedule specific workout times, it will help you stay motivated and stick to your exercise plan. Make a note of a workout you particularly liked so you can repeat it another week.
Write down those goals and discuss them with a parent or coach. Set new goals once you reach those on your list.
Secondhand or borrowed gear can save you money. Make sure all your gear is clean and safe to use. Ask your coach to look it over if you're unsure, Nemours suggests.
Most include drill sessions, then scrimmages toward the end of the day. Drill work helps improve skills, while scrimmaging with other campers lets you practice those skills. This can give you a sense of what it’s like to play on a team.
See your doctor for a sports physical. It’s a busy season for these physicals, so make sure your family sets up an appointment before your season starts. If you wear glasses, consider visiting your eye doctor to check your prescription and get the right protective eyewear.
Be sure to build rest into your schedule, with at least one to two days off a week from competitive sports and training. Take at least two months off each year from any particular sport to prevent repetitive stress injuries, Nemours advises.
Safe Kids Worldwide has more sports safety tips.
SOURCE: Nemours TeensHealth, news release