More and more young athletes are becoming specialized in their sport. A few decades ago, it was common for a child or teenager to dabble in a few different sports throughout the year. They may do baseball for a few months, then they would move on to soccer or dance classes for another few months. However, in more recent years, young athletes have been sticking to one sport and giving it all they have.
There have been more young athletes complaining of back pain and other injuries, since many young kids will commit to their sport all year long. Elite young athletes, such as gymnasts, dancers, and swimmers, are known to put many hours into practice and competition all year long. Most only take a handful of days off a year!
All of this training and practice can lead to pain complaints and even injuries. If your young athlete is complaining about back pain, take them seriously. Even kids and teens who lift weights or just carry a heavy backpack can experience back pain.
If your child does complain of back pain, the real problem needs to be addressed. Don’t rely on ibuprofen all of the time. The truth is that many young athletes need to rest. They need to have days off and they need to get a lot of sleep and the right nutrition to recover from hard workouts.
Regular chiropractic care should also be considered for treatment of back pain and prevention of injury. You want your child’s back to stay strong and pain-free for a long time, so it is best to take care of it now. A chiropractor can help treat injuries and pain due to overuse and repetitive movements. Seeing a chiropractor to learn specialized stretches and moves can also help keep your child from further hurting their backs and other joints.
No parent or competitive athlete likes to hear this, but there can be too much of a good thing. If your child is continually complaining of back pain, it is best to have it looked at by a physician or chiropractor.
Remember to always consult your chiropractor or physician before taking any health advice.
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