Before a child starts physical activities it’s always a good idea to think about ways to keep them safe while they play. Every year, they should have a pre-participation physical exam to check for issues and conditions that might create problems during the season.
Make sure that your child always warms up properly by stretching muscles to release tension and by getting your heart rate up gradually. They should also always cool down after their physical activity. This allows the heart rate to slowly return to resting levels.
Children should have proper coaching and should make sure to listen well to their coaches. Training should also be increased gradually. The general rule for pushing athletes is the 10% rule. Training activity shouldn’t increase by more than 10% a week. This allows your body time to recover and to strengthen.
You should also be wearing proper equipment. Children should always be encouraged to drink water as hydration allows your muscles to work properly and to avoid cramping and spasms. Athletes should take water breaks every 30 minutes or even more based on their activity level and the temperature outside.