June 19, 2019 -- School’s out which
means summer camps and youth sports are in full swing. As youngsters of all
ages head to the parks and playing fields, Logan’s Human Performance Center
Resident Cami Stastny, DC, MS, CCSP, reminds
parents and coaches to follow a few simple steps to
minimize and prevent the risk of youth sport injuries.
- Ensure proper warm-up
and instruction of exercises/drills
- Be aware and cautious
of overuse injuries
participation in multiple sports and activities so the body learns many planes
of movement and becomes more adaptable
Dr. Stastny said some
coaches lack a fundamental understanding of exercises and how to implement
training methods, and unfortunately, they may mirror their personal past
experiences and “old school” mentality, which might not fit the group of
children they are training. She said it’s not uncommon to see previous
collegiate or semi-pro athletes implement training strategies on youth athletes
whose bodies are just not ready for it.
it comes to youth sports, it’s also important to take the time to understand
best practices and strategies, which include proper nutrition and hydration,
getting plenty of rest and wearing proper gear.
Chiropractic care is a
valuable tool for treating injuries and keeping active youth in good shape, on
and off the field. In general, adjustments help with keeping joints healthy. Additionally,
movement and mobility screenings can provide a personalized assessment of an
Dr. Stastny said being
able to see deficiencies in movement can allow for some simple rehab exercises
that can both enhance performance and prevent injury. For example, a
chiropractor can make sure the foot is able to absorb forces properly, which
can make a big difference in performance and training.
Not all injuries and
athletes should be treated the same. While the knowledge and the techniques used
to treat the patient will be similar, how they are applied to each person
should be customized to fit the individual.