When practice doesn't make perfectPosted on Nov 8th 2007 7:00AM by Jacki Donaldson
In the event my boys do take a turn into the world of sports, it'll be important that we continue to not push -- when it comes to practice anyway.
While practice may make perfect, practicing every day can increase a child's risk of injury. In fact, up to 50 percent of all injuries seen in pediatric sports medicine are related to overuse, according to a recent report of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). To protect your mini-athlete from overdoing it, consider these AAP recommendations:
- Allow your child one or two days a week off from any organized sports activity. This will give time for rest and participation in other activities.
- Stop or slow down training if your child feels any pain or discomfort.
- Schedule longer breaks of a week or more every two to three months so injuries can heal and your child can work on strength training and conditioning. This psychological break will also help your child from burning out.