(HealthDay News) -- Young children can be susceptible to overuse injuries due to repetitive activities during sports competitions and practices.
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The safekids.org website lists these tips to help kids reduce the risk of overuse injuries from sports:
- Always warm up with jogging or light exercise for about 10 minutes before play.
- Gently and slowly stretch the muscles before and after playing.
- Promptly recognize and address injuries.
- Make sure to allow the body to rest for one to two days per week and at least 10 weeks during the off-season each year.
- Encourage children to play a variety of types of sports, and always begin a new sport slowly and carefully.
- Always use protective equipment designed for your particular activity when playing.
-- Diana Kohnle
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