According to the NCAA, more than 8 million students currently participate in high school athletics in the United States. And with fall sports season right around the corner, the time to prepare for the season is now.
Let's take a look at some ways summer training makes for a better fall sports season.
Bonding with Teammates
Every year, older players exit and newer players join the team. Therefore, it is important to learn about one another again, especially the new players, so you can work better as an overall team.
When teammates have a stronger bond off the field, it can help make them a force to be reckoned with on the field.
Better Conditioning for Fall
When you haven't participated in a sport for a while, you can quickly lose endurance, muscle strength and even basic mechanics. That puts you at greater risk for injury.
By conditioning throughout the summer, an athlete's body won't have a chance to break down and lose strength and muscle memory. The summer also offers an opportunity for athletes to cross-train, using different muscles of the body to promote overall good health and fitness.
Play It Safe This Summer
Safety needs to be a priority when training during the summer. As during the school year, it's essential to wear the proper sport-specific equipment to protect the body from injury.
Because the Tennessee heat is on this time of year, it's especially important to watch for signs of heat-related illness and stay hydrated. To stay properly hydrated, a young athlete should drink fluids throughout the day, sticking to water and low or no-calorie beverages for optimal hydration.
Warning signs of dehydration include:
- Decreased performance
If you spot any of these signs in your child, it's vital to seek immediate medical attention.
Did your teen suffer an injury during summer training? The Walk-In Clinic at Parkridge Bone & Joint can help diagnose and treat injuries — getting your young athlete back on the field.