Today the resources we have are endless, and the ways in which children can be ahead of the curve as athletes, just from the access to information is exciting, but that doesn’t mean this limits the ways in which parents play a key role in providing the essentials. The lessons taught and implemented by parents is what spawns future behaviors in their children.
It is known, health and appropriate activity are essential to young adults being the best they can be. This is one focus for The Fit Institute, to be involved in the development and training of youth athletes as they discover the tools accessible to increase their strength, their conditioning, and their overall athleticism, but it doesn’t end there. There is much more to be done to improve young athletes’ capabilities on or off the field and knowing parents’ main priority is to improve their child’s well-being, we are here to help parents make the best decisions for their children.
Here are the top 5 tips for parents with youth athletes.
Drink More Water – Simple rule of thumb that we all must take seriously, to drink more water. Bodies are made up of up to 60% water. Water increases functionality within our bodies and running the risk of becoming dehydrated can cause avoidable issues. A lack of water in athletes heightens the risk of muscle fatigue which can ultimately result in injury.
Make Healthier Food Choices – Diet is imperative to any daily regimen. Remember, a balanced diet is required to optimize your child’s sports performance. When favored nutrients are provided to the body, the fuel of your child is maximized. A helpful idea is to prepare snacks and meals for your child ahead of time to prevent making an impulsive and more convenient food choice on the fly.
Recommended foods by Children.com:
- Whole grains and other complex carbs (whole grain cereals, whole-grain bread, oats)
- 2-4 servings of fruits (less sugar the better)
- 3-5 servings of vegetables
- Lean proteins (fish, chicken, eggs)
- Healthy fats (avocado, nuts, nut butter)
Crosstraining – The new age model gaining popularity in mainstream exercise is crosstraining. What is crosstraining? Crosstraining is spreading your exercise routine into various exercises during one session. The goal is to utilize multiple muscles and joints in a more balanced manner. The result: a decrease in the potential of injury because more of your body is accustomed to being in motion, an increase in weight loss, and enhanced exercise performance.
Develop daily routines and game-day routines – The body, especially the body of a young athlete has the capacity to adapt quickly. To perform at a heightened level the body must be challenged, but able to expect certain movements to prevent future injury. The more routines your young athlete does and is accustomed to, the more their sports performance will be increased, and the priority of preventing injury will be present. One of the best recommendations is to develop short, but challenging daily routines and game-day routines focused on increasing the strength and conditioning of your young athlete.
Prioritize Sleep – The body relies on consistent and restful sleep to provide muscle recovery. According to the Sleep Foundation, less sleep is known to increase body fatigue, loss of energy and contribute to low focus during exercise and especially during game days.
If you are interested in learning more about a quality strength and conditioning program for your young athlete check out the Youth Strength + Conditioning Program at The Fit Institute. Registering is easy, and your first week is free.
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