Importance of Physical Activity in Kids

Importance of physical activity in kids and the benefits of introducing kids to football early in life.

1) How does football benefit kids’ physical well-being?

As adults most people only realize the importance of staying physically active when they consult a Dr for a health condition and the Dr advises regular exercise of physical activity. Sports and physical activity benefits the health and well-being of not only adults but also children equally. It helps develop promotes a healthy lifestyle from a very young age. In general sports help impact children physically and mentally. Playing football in particular can help children develop stronger muscles, bones and joints. Since this ensures that they are physically active, it also reduce and controls the body fat hence leading to improved fitness. Recent studies have also proven that playing football boost bone development in teenagers and greatly reduces the risk of developing osteoporosis later in life. It also helps in body and mind development and coordination skills.

2) What are the most common injuries and how can they be avoided?

Football is often a common cause of some bone and ligament injuries in children. However, that is no reason to keep them away from engaging in any form of sports or physical activity since the benefits of being physically active will always overshadow the occasional injury. Common injuries caused in children while playing football are;

  • Concussions which are rather common and caused due to a sudden hit or jerk on the head.
  • Knee sprains and ligament tears
  • Heat stroke or exhaustion caused upon excess exposure to the heat
  • Muscle strain and joint sprains

Means to avoid common sports injuries;

  • Ensure that the environment the child plays in is suitable for the sport
  • The child must be wearing protective gear of good quality as required of the game
  • Make sure that the child is coached well to play
  • Stay hydrated at all times
  • If anything unusual is noticed, ensure to get checked with a Dr.

3) When is the best time to start training and why?

If you want to get your child enrolled in football, start early. At the age of 3 or 4 introduce them to a football and try to play with the child. They are not physically developed to play the game but introducing the game at an early stage will help develop and understand skills for the game. By the age of 6 enroll your child into a training class outside or even in school so that they get the required professional training to play efficiently.

4) How does nutrition play a part? Can you give us some tips on that?

Eating the right kind of food by eating nutritious and healthy food is extremely important irrespective of whether your child plays sports or not. Football specifically demands a lot of energy and if your child plays football, they will need proper nutrition to stay energized for a game. Nutrition requirements will also differ across age groups. However, ensure to give your child foods that are rich in healthy carbohydrates and protein. Avoid giving them any kind of fried or fatty foods.

Dr. Amith Kumar Krishna 

Specialist Orthopaedic Surgeon 

Aster Hospital, Mankhool 

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