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How Can My Child Benefit From Playing Sports?

Whether you were an athlete as a young child or not, you may be wondering whether it's worth it to enroll your child in a fall sport. Well, in short—participation in sports offers a ton of benefits for kids, including benefits to both health and development.

Read on as our AFC Urgent Care East Meadow takes a look at the benefits of sports, as well as ways to keep your young athlete healthy and strong.

What Benefits Do Sports Provide?

The first and most obvious benefit of sports participation is increased physical activity. And with obesity on the rise among our youth, every little bit of exercise helps!

But physical activity and the physical benefits of sports are far from the only benefits. Sports participation can also benefit your child's mental and emotional health and development.

Benefits of Sports

  • Improved problem-solving abilities
  • Increased attention span
  • Teamwork
  • Leadership skills
  • Ability to handle failure and adversity

How Do You Treat Sports Injuries?

While sports offer a ton of benefits, with any type of physical activity comes an increased risk of injury. Fortunately, for the most part, sports injuries can often be cared for with some at-home treatment.

Consider the RICE protocol—rest the affected area, ice the affected area, compress the affected area and elevate the affected area. In most cases, this basic type of care can help provide relief. You can also take steps to prevent injury in the first place:

Sports Injury Prevention

  • Wear the right, sport-specific protective gear.
  • Strengthen muscles and increase flexibility.
  • Use the proper technique.
  • Watch out for others.
  • Stop participating at the first sign of pain or a head injury.
Does your child need a sports physical completed? Stop by AFC Urgent Care East Meadow today! No appointment is necessary.