As a parent, you want to do everything you can to help prepare your child
for success at school and at home. And as a parent of a student-athlete,
keeping yours safe and healthy while balancing academics and other commitments
can be a challenge. So what can parents of athletes do to keep their kids
in winning health? Below are some great tips from our team of CaroMont
Health Athletic Trainers:
Being ready to head back into their sport’s season physically is
very important, but what about their mental preparedness? As a parent,
you can encourage them to create and stick with a routine that encourages
good nutrition, hydration, sleep and exercise. A routine will always help
solidify good behaviors but are also essential to help a student-athlete thrive.
Provide your student-athlete with well-balanced meals, skip fast food lines
and focus on drinking plenty of water over any kind of sugary drink. Athletes
need whole grains, fruits, vegetables and lean proteins spread over every
meal and especially a few hours before practice or competition. This will
ensure they have the energy they need to compete at the highest level.
Most sports medicine professionals agree that water is best for pre-competition
hydration and parents should encourage their student-athletes to start
hydrating two to three days before any competition. Sports drinks can
be incorporated during and after competition to replenish electrolytes
that are needed for proper cellular function. Proper hydration is necessary
for peak performance.
Strength training, when done correctly, is safe and important for all student-athletes.
Students need to learn proper form and technique before starting a new
strength training regimen and once they've perfected that technique,
extra weight or resistance can be added. Parents should know that the
benefits of strength training for their student-athletes go way beyond
performance. It also increases self-esteem, enhances motor skills and
greatly reduces the risk of sports-related injury.
The best way to prepare for a sports season is to not have an offseason.
Encourage your student-athlete to play multiple sports. This will keep
them in shape and prevent overuse of the body from one specific sport.
If you're worried about how to keep them engaged and in shape over
the summer, keep a running schedule or better, have them join your fitness routine.
Talk to your athletic trainer! Athletic trainers have extensive backgrounds
in evaluating and rehabilitating emergent, acute and chronic injuries.
But also, they are experts in keeping student-athletes healthy and avoiding
injury. Use them as your resource for keeping your student-athlete healthy.
Still have questions regarding your child's health? A primary care
provider can be your best partner in ensuring good health for your whole
family. Find one here: