Ways to Prepare Your Child for Sports

Guest post, sponsored by LensCrafters.

 As fall begins, so does the athletic season for many organized sports. Whether your child is a seasoned athlete or it’s their first time playing, it is essential to be prepared for the physical and emotional aspects of the game. From helping your child understand the importance of sportsmanship to speaking with your eye doctor  about their vision needs on the field, you play a big role as a parent in helping your child succeed in the game.

Make sure to add these 5 items to your child’s sports checklist as you get ready for the season.

 1. Physicals and eye exams

Before the season begins, your child will be required to get a physical examination. An annual physical is important in preventing illnesses or serious medical conditions as the doctor will examine your child’s heart, lungs and abdominal regions. If your child is playing a sport, a physical will be used to determine if your child is healthy enough to participate. While you are scheduling appointments, also contact your child’s eye doctor and schedule their annual eye exam. Let the eye doctor know that they will be playing sports this year, and discuss your child’s vision needs. If your child wears glasses, consider the athletic options available for children’s glasses.

2. Cost of equipment, glasses, and sports participation

It’s also important to be prepared for additional out of pocket expenses. If the sport is affiliated with your child’s school, contact the athletic director or coach to determine if any costs are involved with your child being on the team. Also, ask if specific equipment will be needed, such as shin guards, cleats or protective glasses. Tally up the extra expenses and factor them into your budget. You can then start putting money aside to help pay for your child’s athletic expenses.

 3. Preventing injuries

Young children are more susceptible and prone to sports-related injuries. To avoid getting hurt, make sure your child warms up and cools down before and after each game or practice. Stretching will help increase flexibility and reduce the risk of pulling a muscle. Additionally, make sure your child always wears the appropriate protective equipment. For example, if a helmet is appropriate, make sure it is worn at all times and if your child wears glasses, also make sure they wear safety glasses when playing.

4. Staying hydrated

If your child is playing a fall sport, it’s likely that the early part of the season will be spent practicing outdoors. Warm temperatures combined with long periods of physical activity can be harmful to your child if they are not drinking enough liquids. Go over the symptoms of dehydration together, such as dizziness, headaches and increased tiredness. Discuss the importance of staying hydrated, and send a water bottle with them to every practice and game.

5. Practicing sportsmanship

Losing a game is hard on anyone, but can be particularly difficult for kids. Organized sports provide important life lessons for children on dealing with failure and working hard to show improvement. As a parent, it’s important to have conversations with your son or daughter to help them understand that it’s OK if they don’t win every game. Explaining the value of being a good sport to the opposing team will help build your son or daughter’s character. By understanding sportsmanship and taking care of the physical aspects of playing sports, your child will be ready for the season.

 

Post is sponsored by LensCrafters.

 

About Dr. Anastasia

Dr. Anastasia Halldin holds a Ph.D in holistic nutrition, speaks four languages, starred on a yoga TV show, produced and appeared in thirteen yoga DVDs, and is a mother of a kindergartner, twin toddlers, and a newborn. Dr. Anastasia loves doing crafts with her children and sharing her easy healthy recipes and knowledge of health and food with mothers to help them raise healthier families.
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