DRINK PLENTY OF WATER.
Staying hydrated before, during and after physical activity is extremely important to keep the body working at its best. Experts recommend students start drinking 30 minutes prior to exercise and every 15-20 minutes during physical activity in order to stay hydrated.
GET A SPORTS PHYSICAL.
Making sure your body is healthy and ruling out any existing health conditions is a great idea before starting any exercise regimen or joining a sports team.
What is a sports physical? This exam is a quick way to assess whether or not it is safe for kids and teens to participate in physical activity or a sports program. Most schools and fitness institutions actually require this since it is a great way to be sure every athlete is is able to perform at optimal levels. Each physical is made up of a physcial exam as well as a medical history.
STRETCH AND REST.
Did you know that half of all sports related injuries are caused from repetitive, overuse motions? An easy way to prevent them is to stretch before and after participating in physical activity. When the muscles of the body are warmed-up, the risk for injury decreases. Stretching after exercise is also important in order to prevent lactic acid buildup, which leads to muscle soreness. Rest is also a critical part of the recovery process. Young athletes should be sure to get enough rest throughout the week in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle.