Back to School: 5 Tips to Prepare for Sports

It’s Back to School in Louisiana.  Many young athletes will start preseason practices for fall sports. Prior to the start of preseason, all young athletes should have a pre-participation physical examination (PPE) or sports physical to ensure they are healthy and ready to return to sports.

To help prevent a sports injury, Dr. Curtis, with All American Healthcare Covington, recommends that all children should have a physical before participating in any sport. Kids should be warming up, drinking plenty of water and taking rest periods. Signing up for too many sports during the school year is not recommended.

August 10, 2015 | Article by All American Healthcare Covington, Louisiana

Here are 5 Tips to Prepare for Sports to help make sure you’re ready for the first day:

1. Sports Physical.  Your child’s school or team will probably require a Sports Physical before allowing participation.  Because everyone needs to get checked at the beginning of the season, doctors tend to be busier during this time of the year.  So it is best to set up an appointment early on. That gives the doctor plenty of time to fill out paperwork so your child can start the sport on time.

What is a sports physical?

A sports physical is a visit to the doctor to make sure the athlete is in shape to play the sport.  Sports physicals aren’t just for children and young athletes.  Even sports superstars must regularly be thoroughly evaluated by a doctor to make sure they are healthy and strong before they hit the field.

If you or your child have every played competitive sports, you know starting a new season means a lot of hard work and practice. It’s also normal to feel anxious about starting, especially if this is your child’s first season.

2. Prepare Mentally:  Team tryouts can be mentally and physically challenging for young athletes. Kids may feel anxious, unsettled or feel pressure to perform well. This anxiety and nervous energy can have negative effects on an athlete’s performance.

Many kids can be crippled by a fear of failure or embarrassment. Kids may compare themselves to their peers, which isn’t healthy for an individual’s self-esteem. Some young athletes may worry about impressing a coach or parent, while others sabotage their performance due to a lack of confidence.  Overcoming these mental setbacks can help a young athlete have a better experience at tryouts.

3.  Set realistic goals. Before the season starts, consider setting a few goals, such as improving a specific skill like passing the ball or dribbling. Just making the team or getting in shape are great goals as well.  Having your write down goals and discuss them with you and their coach — will give them the support to follow through.  When the goal is reached, set some new goals next season. Just having goals can be a great motivator!

4.   Get in shape.  After the sports physical, start by planning activities and exercises for your child to prepare them for the sports season.  Schedule specific workout times during the week. Ask your child’s coach, gym teacher, or trainer for advice when writing the plan. Keep an exercise log.  A written calendar, a computer app or fitness device are great ways to track activity.   Just make sure to take 2 days off per week from any single sport and 1 day off per week from all organized sports.  Also, take at least 2 months off each year from any particular sport, otherwise you’re at a higher risk for an overtraining or overuse injury.

5.   Check the gear. Ensure that you know the proper gear to purchase to protect your child.  New equipment can be pricey, so think about using some secondhand gear if it’s available. Family and friends can be great sources of used equipment. Just make sure it’s very clean and still safe to use.  If you’re child is a returning player, take out all of the equipment, try it on, and make sure it still fits and is in good working condition.

All young athletes should have a pre-participation physical examination (PPE) or sports physical to ensure they are healthy and ready to return to sports. All American Healthcare offers Sports Physicals.  Click on the link for more information:  All American Healthcare Covington Sports Physicals or call our office. We have 3 convenient Louisiana locations.


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