Being a student athlete isn’t easy. It comes with a lot of time management and determination. At times it can become hectic when juggling sports, school, and a social life. It’s important for athletes to remember that taking care of themselves and their health should be their FIRST priority. To learn some helpful tips on how to stay healthy during the sports season, keep reading.
Get Adequate Sleep
Between practices, games, keeping up with school work, and trying to maintain a social life, hours are limited. It is recommended that adolescents get 9-9.5 hours of sleep each night. Sleep can impact ones mood, behavior, and cognitive ability (such as thinking, reasoning, remembering). Getting the recommended amount of sleep can help provide athletes with the necessary rest, and ability to stay alert during their next game and school day.
Eat a Well Balanced Diet
Eating a well balanced diet will provide athletes with the proper fuel and energy they need to feel and perform their best! Diets should be composed with a variety of foods from all the foods groups. Diets composed of carbohydrates, fluids, irons, vitamins, and protein will provide athletes with the energy they need to perform their best. Athletes should always remember to NOT skip meals!
Don’t Overwork Yourself
Sports can be physically exhausting on your bodies, muscles, and joints. If your shoulder hurts from baseball, rest it. If your shins hurt from too much running, take the day off. Don’t be afraid to take the proper rest you need. Overworking those muscles and joints overtime can cause damage that may affect you later. Taking the proper care of your body is key in preventing future injuries, and staying well for the remainder of the season.
Ask yourself this: Would you rather miss one practice or the next three games?
From the HRUC team, we wish all Athletes a healthy and wonderful sports season!
If you do suffer an injury while at a sports game or during practice, keep our trained team at HRUC in mind. We are open Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 7:00pm and on Saturdays from 10:00am to 4:00pm.