Are your kids gearing up for the spring sports season? Around Orange County, you can’t turn without seeing a youth club soccer or basketball player or a traveling baseball or softball player. With great weather year round our kids thrive on the competitive action! It’s estimated that nearly 30 million U.S. children and adolescents are active in youth sports on fields, courts, and rinks each year. But how do we help them stay fit? Next Level Wellness, an Irvine Chiropractic team, provides comprehensive sports injury prevention and treatment to athletes of all ages for years. Don’t rely on the common “physical” to see if your child’s muscles, tendons, and joints are in proper shape. Here’s why you may want to visit a chiropractic sports medicine specialist before, during, and after the season:
Chiropractic care can help kids before they begin their season, or if they play year round, recover from the mid-season wear and tear. Children who participate heavily in sports on a regular basis might experience sports-related injuries such as: Achilles tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, patellofemoral pain syndrome (runner’s knee), medial and lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow), ACL/MCL sprains, rotator cuff strains, and more. Sports injury treatment typically includes things like spinal adjustments and more—which will be customized to meet your child’s specific needs.
When our children get hurt, many of us like to take a wait and see approach. But a few days can turn into a few weeks, and minor injuries can become major by waiting. The key is preventing those injuries. Addressing any postural imbalances that your child might have will help prevent sports-related injuries. It’s important for your children to not practice poor sports-specific movement mechanics–especially before, during, and after a childhood growth spurt. The last thing that any athlete would want is to be sidelined for something that could have been prevented from the start. Specifically, spinal adjustments and prescribed stretches or exercises can help prepare your child’s nervous system to function more effectively and reduce strain and tension in the body.
It’s not just about treatment and prevention. Optimization of performance makes a huge difference. By learning how to move better, eat better, recover better, and feel better overall, your child will be able to perform near their fullest potential. This will help them get the most out of their training and practice.
Our chiropractic team of wellness doctors, Vasili Gatsinaris, DC, QME, James Kim, DC, Adam Abulghualya, DC, BS, ART and Caprice Leonard, MA, ATC specialize in chiropractic and health and wellness care. Our Irvine chiropractic office is located near John Wayne Airport, convenient for people living in Newport Beach, Costa Mesa, Tustin, Santa Ana and other surrounding Orange County communities. To learn more about our variety of services or to schedule an appointment, take advantage of our Facebook new patient special and contact us or call 949-263-9003 today.