Back to school means the return to a busy schedule for both parents and their children. However, as the stress of a new school year sets in it’s important to keep your children healthy. Dr. Corey Kendall, OrthoIndy sports medicine physician, provides pointers to keeping your children safe as you gear up for another school year.
Don’t forget breakfast. Growing children need a healthy start in the morning to keep their energy high and their minds focused. If time is tight, opt for a piece of fruit on the go and a nutritious granola bar.
Get proper sports equipment. As school starts up, so do fall sports. Make sure your child has the right equipment for the sport they are playing. Furthermore, confirm that their equipment fits properly. This equipment helps to ensure your child is safe and is less susceptible to possible injuries.
Provide a healthy lunch. If you don’t have time to pack a healthy lunch your child will enjoy, make sure your child will eat what’s on the school menu. Providing a beneficial lunch for your child also makes sure they have the energy to make it through the rest of the afternoon and their various after school activities.
Have your child relax. Just like adults, children need time to rest as well. If your child is participating in too many activities this may result in exhaustion. Additionally, if your child is participating in a variety of sports make sure they have time to recover; this helps avoid overuse injuries.
Hydration is key. August is hot so whether your child is participating in sports, playing at recess or running around outside they are probably going to be sweating. Make sure your child gets the proper amount of liquid in their diet to prevent dehydration and exhaustion.
Most importantly, make sure your child is having fun and excited about what a new school year brings.
Dr. Corey Kendall is located at OrthoIndy West. To schedule an appointment with him please call 317.268.3634.