Between overuse and the year-round nature of certain sports, young athletes are at increased risk for injuries.

The best way to avoid these injuries is by avoiding single sport specialization and encouraging the kids to be active in multiple sports. This will allow them to break from the repetitive motions of one particular sport  while developing other skills necessary for injury prevention.”

Here are his other recommendations:

  • Follow the guidelines. These are designed to reduce the risk of overuse injuries. ACC have some fantastic material around injury prevention. Remember that players are also at risk for muscle sprains, strains and bruises.
  • Get a checkup. A pre-season physical exam is important for players of all ages. Identifying potential medical problems can help prevent injuries and illnesses.
  • Warm up. Always start with easy calisthenics, such as jumping jacks. Continue with walking or light running, such as running the bases. Gentle stretching of the back, hamstrings and shoulders is also a good idea.
  • Cool down. Stretch after a practice or game to help reduce muscle soreness and keep muscles long and flexible. Slowly and gently stretch after activity, holding each stretch for 30 seconds.
  • Stay hydrated. Even mild dehydration can hurt your performance on the field. If you don’t get enough fluids, your body can’t effectively cool itself through sweat and evaporation. Generally, it’s a good idea to drink non-caffeinated fluid 2 hours before exercise and water every 20 minutes throughout exercise.

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