Being physically active is always good for children, and playing sports is a great way to build strength and dexterity as well as learn team and leadership skills. However, it’s important that children also have a chance to rest their bodies to avoid over-exerting or injuring their developing muscles.
Some sports, like football, soccer, basketball, and gymnastics, have higher incidence of concussions. Talk to your provider about the activities your child is involved with and discuss what signs to look out for that might indicate muscle weakness, overuse, or injury. Make sure to know the signs of a concussion and talk to your child’s coach about safety protocols for your child’s sport. Remember, sports should be fun!