It’s that time of year again—fall sports season has arrived! Is your athlete ready to play?

Our team at AFC Urgent Care Farragut wants you to know the benefits that come with playing sports, as well as ways you can reduce your child’s risk of injury.

Do Sports Help Kids?

While there are definitely physical benefits that come with playing sports, children are also able to develop skills they will need for a lifetime. For instance, they are able to learn the value of teamwork and how to play fair.

In addition, children are able to learn how to win and lose the right way, which is all a part of good sportsmanship.

Benefits of Participating in Sports

  • Ability to work as a team
  • Better communication skills
  • Stronger self-esteem
  • Regular exercise
  • Stronger relationships
  • Improved leadership skills

What Are Some Common Sports Injuries?

When it comes to your child playing sports, you want to make sure you are doing what you can to prevent sports injuries. The most common sports injuries include sprains, strains and fractures.

Fortunately, there are steps you can take to largely prevent injuries from occurring in the first place.

Ways to Prevent Sports Injuries

  • Take time off between practices and games.
  • Warm up before playing.
  • Increase flexibility.
  • Learn and practice proper form and technique.
  • Wear the right, sport-specific protective equipment.
  • Do not play when hurt.

Is your young athlete in need of a sports physical? Stop by AFC Urgent Care Farragut today, as we are open seven days a week!