Youth sports has been getting a lot of media attention lately and specifically youth sports and injuries. The MUSC Sports Medicine team has been a leader in the low-country working with the schools and youth sports programs to help athletes rehab from an injury and get back in the game.
Starting this spring, the team has developed a Sports Performance Program to help youth athletes improve their game and maximize their physical abilities while minimizing risk of injuries. Over the upcoming weeks and months we will be featuring tips on how to maximize your child’s sports performance.
If your child or children are participating in organized sports ask yourself these questions:
- Is your child an elite athlete? Is your child an aspiring athlete?
- Does your child play for competition or just for fun?
- Does your child have the physical skills and tools to achieve his or her athletic goals?
- Does your child have the knowledge and understanding to maximize his or her abilities and to decrease the risk of preventable injuries?
If you answered “Yes” to any of these questions, continue to read on and see what you can do by partnering with the MUSC Sports Medicine program.
Sports Performance Tips:
Tip #1: Increase body control and quality of movement – through proper running and “cutting” techniques and body positioning, athletes can learn to move faster and cut sharper while exerting less energy and reducing the risk of injury.
Tip# 2: Break down full movements into specific skills – to accomplish this you need to take an entire movement and break it down into smaller sections, for example: to fun faster, you don’t just run and run and run, you need to train the explosive first step and push-off, the body mechanics of the stride length and speed, the flexibility and strength needed to pull and kick harder, as well as training for muscular endurance.
Our highly qualified and experienced sports performance staff will be teaching these skills and more at our Spring Break Sports Performance Camp on April 18-22, held at the Charleston Battery’s Stadium and training facilities on Daniel Island. For more information on our Sports Performance Camp please go to www.muschealth.com/sports or call Michael Barr – Sports Medicine Coordinator at 843-266-1540.
Watch for upcoming blogs to learn about how you can help your young athlete play to the best of their ability and as safely as possible.