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Back To School: Keeping Student Athletes Safe & Healthy

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It may seem a little early but before you know it kids will be back in the classroom. Meaning many students will also be hitting the practice and game fields ready for another season of fall sports.

Sanford Athletic Trainer, Brad Reed, says one of the most important things you can do to keep your student athlete moving strong is hydration.

"Just on basic day to day living you need anywhere from 10-12 cups of water, so if you put in the work of three hours of practice of football or soccer you need at-least double that or more," said Reed.

Hopefully you've been keeping active over the summer, Reed says if you haven't you could be in for a rude awakening.

"It's going to be a lot of hard painful work for them, they're going to be very sore because of all the lactic acid that's going to be in their bodies. So the biggest thing that can help them is getting proper hydration, getting proper sleeping, exercise and being smarter the next season around."

About 3.5 million children and adolescents get hurt playing sports every year.

The University of Washington says some of the best ways to avoid getting injured are:

  • Perform proper warm-up and cool-down routines
  • Consistently incorporate strength training and stretching
  • Hydrate adequately to maintain health and minimize cramps
  • Stay active during summer break to prepare for return to sports in the fall
  • Wear properly fitted protective equipment, such as a helmet, pads, and mouth guard
  • Tackle with the head up and do not lead with the helmet (Football)
  • Have a pre-season health and wellness evaluation
  • Speak with a sports medicine professional or athletic trainer if you have any concerns about injuries or injury prevention strategies
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