PHILADELPHIA, PA, September 04, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- Alanna Waters
is a lacrosse coach who delights in helping her young players succeed. As a result of her commitment to the game and to her team, she believes in the importance of understanding injury prevention techniques. These strategies help young players feel their best, without pushing themselves too far. She applauds a new piece
that highlights some key strategies that parents and coaches should employ when working with young, enthusiastic athletes.
A recent study from the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine states that 30 million children each year get involved with sports leagues, clubs, and high school teams. However as these numbers grow, so do the injury rates. More than 3.5 million kids under the age of 14 receive some type of treatment for sports injuries each year. High school athletes make up roughly two million injuries, 500,000 doctor visits, and 30,000 hospitalizations each year.
Dr. Craig Spurdle, who serves as an orthopedic surgeon at Miami Children's Hospital comments on this explaining, "We're seeing younger athletes who are pushing the limit of their bodies and their sport much more than what we saw 10 or 15 years ago. And we're also seeing more kids doing this earlier and earlier."
As a result, these young players are frequently winding up with overuse injuries that were once almost strictly seen in adults and professional athletes. These overuse injuries are not limited to one particular sport either, and are seen just as frequently in tennis players as they are in baseball players.
The reason for this is because young athletes have immature bones and joints. Constant practices and games can put a strain on these kids that their bodies simply are not yet ready to handle. This is only worsened by the fact that many young athletes are now "specializing" in one particular sport, meaning that they only play that sport year round, thus worsening their chance for overuse injuries.
In order to prevent overuse injuries, parents and coaches should encourage young athletes to take time to rest their muscles in between games and practices. This also means not practicing every day, and sitting out should a body part begin to feel sore. Plenty of water is also necessary during games and practices, as is proper stretching and strength training. This gets muscles stronger, thus making them more resistant to injury. Young competitors should make it a point to eat a healthy and well-balanced diet, and should be in good physical condition before they begin participating in a sport.
"Parents and coaches must be vigilant and provide guidance for young athletes. These excited players may want to push themselves, thus leading to overuse injuries. Adults in their lives need to know when enough is enough, thus encouraging them to rest and stay healthy," explains Alanna Waters.
Alanna Waters is proud to serve as the head varsity girls' lacrosse coach at Metro Lacrosse. In this role, Waters helps urban young people to develop athletic skills as they learn important life lessons. She is focused on helping her team to reach their goals as they develop self-confidence and communication skills. Water is an accomplished player in her own right, and set many school records during high school and college.