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3 Pieces of Advice for Youth Sports Parents

Participating in youth athletics is a great way for kids to get active, make friends, and learn important life skills. Before you head down the road of youth sports, it is important to understand some basic principles. Here are three primary things to be aware of if your child plays sports.

Winning isn’t Everything

It is easy to fall into the trap of thinking that winning is all that matters. In the heat of the competition, your emotions may get the best of you despite your best intentions. However, as Gladiator Guards reminds us, it is critical that as a parent, you keep perspective and realize that winning is not everything. Instead, it is important to emphasize to your child the value of making friends, being part of a team, and learning skills that they can carry with them for the rest of their lives.

They Will Get Hurt at Some Point

With enough years of athletic experience, an injury becomes inevitable at some point. According to Darras Law, head, knee, elbow, and shoulder injuries are the most frequently injured areas in baseball while knee and ankle injuries are the most common in sports such as basketball. Learning some basic first aid skills will equip you with the knowledge to evaluate or treat the injury when it occurs. This knowledge will also help you to ascertain whether you should seek medical care or if you can treat the injury at home. Keeping items such as bandages, antiseptic cream, splints, and wraps will help you to deal with a multitude of injuries right on the spot.

Choose the Right Level of Competitive Play

In today’s world of youth sports, there are a variety of levels of competition. According to the National Alliance of Youth Sports, before you sign up your child for any team or league, it is important that you understand the level of competition. If your child is a beginner, they will be better served in a recreational league. Conversely, more advanced and competitive young athletes will thrive in a more select environment.

Understanding the differences between the options will help you to find the right fit for your child, setting them up for the most success in their athletic endeavors.

Sports can be wonderful activities that can highly benefit children in many ways. With the right research and knowledge, you can help your child to get the most out of their sports experience. At the end of the day, it is most important that they had fun and feel good about their efforts.

Tim Esterdahl

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