Whether you or your child is an aspiring Tiger Woods or a backyard Jordan, participating in sports is a great way to stay in shape, meet new friends or learn valuable skills such as teamwork. Participation in sports is not without risk. Children are especially at risk.
Reduce your child’s risk of injury by investing in quality athletic shoes prior to each season. Look for sneakers with adequate cushioning and arch support. Some children also benefit from custom-made inserts. Other young athletes require braces or taping. (Ask your chiropractor for specific recommendations geared to your child’s unique foot type.)
Many of the footwear styles popular with today’s youths provide little protection. Lack of cushioning increases the risk of impact-related injuries such as stress fracture and shin splints. Flimsy arch support allows the foot to roll inward, in turn disrupting the alignment of the leg, knee and hips. Skewed posture in the lower limbs results in a disproportionate allocation of force on joints during walking or running – spurring injury. Shoes with “air cell” soles also fail to properly distribute pressure. Because the hips are connected to the spine, inadequate footwear may even spawn vertebral subluxations and back pain.
Take Safety Seriously
Lack of safety equipment and faulty equipment are major causes of childhood sports’ injuries. While most coaches insist on using appropriate equipment during organized practices, many youngsters fail to use such safe guards when practicing on their own.
Insist that your children use safety gear while practicing. To ensure this occurs, make your wishes known to the respective coaches and your children.
Stretching is another good “follow my example” suggestion for parents. Stretching – before and after exercise – is crucial for anyone wishing to avoid a sports-related injury.
To keep your children injury-free during the sports’ season, keep them active throughout the off-season. Just like adults, a dramatic increase in children’s workout intensity will spur muscle strain. Unfortunately, the drastic cutbacks in many schools’ physical education curriculum has resulted in poor-quality programs or no programs at all. So, keep your children active in the "off season". Or, make a point to exercise with your children several days a week. Maintain your youngsters’ interest by scheduling a variety of activities with other families, such as hikes, bike rides and softball games.
Jogging and Walking for Health
A commitment to physical exercise is an important step in maintaining personal health. However, due to today’s hectic lifestyles, many patients have difficulty squeezing a fitness program into their schedules. Walking a jogging are great ways to fitness into a busy schedule.
Why are jogging and walking ideal for people on.the go? First, these sports require no equipment (apart from a good pair of sneakers). And, because they may be done almost anywhere at anytime, these activities fit into even the most saturated of schedules. And here’s another bonus: unlike gym memberships and exercise classes, jogging and running don’t cost a cent. So, whether you’re a jet-setting executive or a carpool-juggling parent, jogging or running may be the workout solution you’ve been searching for.
Working Out and Sports: Playing it Safe
Daily stress, aerobic activities that push the body to its outer limits, and lifting weights put abnormal amounts of stress on bones, muscles and joints. Full speed collisions, falls to the ground, and head and limbs being rammed, pulled and twisted beyond their normal ranges. Even seemingly normal, easy, or moderate exercise. What are some of the damaging effects of this punishment, how likely are you to develop problems or be seriously injured, and how can you be sure you are performing at your optimum?
The development, growth and function of our bodies is directed and controlled by the brain, spinal cord, and nerves. Luckily the brain is in a vault of bone. However, although the spinal cord and spinal nerves are also protected by the bones of the spinal column, these bones are freely moveable and can become damaged or misaligned easily. This creates pressure and interference to the spinal cord and nerves that will result in obscured growth, improper development, and poorer function.
When the muscles and joints are not working properly, they will become less flexible, weaker and more likely to become injured or deteriorate into arthritic or degenerative conditions. This pressure and interference causes decreased nerve supply to the tissues, organs, and systems of the body. This leads to impaired body functions, a loss of proper alertness, a lack of concentration and lowered energy. These problems will slow down results in your exercise routine, cause a poorer performance in sports, the classroom, or at work. A body functioning below normal capacity will have a lower resistance to infection or illness.
Chiropractors analyze the spine for the detection and correction of spinal misalignment called vertebral subluxation. A spine out of its proper alignment is much more prone to serious damage. Chiropractic adjustments align the spine and remove nerve interference, thus restoring proper health and optimum function. This makes you freer from illness, safer from injury, and allows you to perform at your best without the use of drugs or surgery. This is why the top professional and Olympic athletes get adjusted, and why millions of parents seek chiropractic for themselves and their families each year as a safer, natural form of health care.