Why Should Children Participate in Sports?

A new school year means a new year for sports! Is your child participating in a sport this season?

Our team at AFC Urgent Care Chelmsford wants you to know why sports are so important in a child’s development, as well as how to prevent sports injuries in your young athlete.

Why Are Sports Important for a Child’s Development?

Sports provide many benefits that go well beyond an increased level of physical activity and fitness.

Children who participate in sports are able to build upon their communication and problem-solving skills. In addition, sports can help to deepen relationships with others, which can provide them a strong support system in life.

Common Fall Sports

  • Football
  • Field hockey
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
  • Cheerleading
  • Volleyball
  • Tennis
  • Golf

What Sports Cause the Most Injuries?

Basketball actually tops the list when it comes to sports injuries. Next is football, baseball and soccer.

However, it is important to not forget about cheerleading, as this sport, too, can cause a number of injuries about participants. Fortunately, no matter what sport your child is playing, there are steps you can take to protect him or her from injury.

Injury Prevention

  • Warm up before practice and games.
  • Always wear sport-specific protective gear.
  • Learn and practice proper form and technique.
  • Drink plenty of fluids to remain hydrated.
  • Get rest between practices and games.

Is your child playing a sport this season? Visit AFC Urgent Care Chelmsford today to complete a sports physical! We are open seven days a week.


3700 Cahaba Beach Road Birmingham, AL 35242

Our Mission and Values:

Our mission is to provide the best healthcare possible in a kind and caring environment, in an economical manner, while respecting the rights of all of our patients, at times and locations convenient to the patient.

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