Not all elite players pick up the game at four years old and become the next Grand Slam champion. Reaching your child's potential takes hard work, dedication, and resources, especially when it comes to their wellness. Supporting your child's success both on and off the court starts with keeping them healthy.
If you're getting your child ready for North Palm Beach junior tennis, check out these health and wellness tips, as told by a North Palm Beach chiropractor.
Protecting Their Growing Bones
All kids fall. All kids hurt themselves. If your child plays sports, chances are they're definitely hurting themselves at some point or another. But, what kids don't do is complain about back and joint pain.
A child's bones are softer and more pliable, but that doesn't mean that they aren't affected by the same type of injuries that would affect you. Just as our vertebrae and joints can shift out of alignment after a particularly nasty fall, so can theirs. Before entering your child into North Palm Beach junior tennis, it's best to still get your child assessed by a chiropractor. Pediatric chiropractic ensures that all the bones, joints, muscles, and other soft tissue of your child's body are working in harmony to give them the best protection against injury.
Addressing Sports-Specific Injuries
Although not a contact sport, tennis players are under constant risk of injury purely due to the repetitive nature of the sport. Continuous stop and go motions, accelerating and decelerating, overhead serves, ground strokes, and hard foot plants can put significant stress on the knees, back, ankles, elbows and shoulders.
Common injuries even novice tennis players suffer include:
- Tennis elbow
- Rotator cuff injuries
- Rolled or twisted ankles
- Upper and lower back pain
Timely chiropractic treatment for your child athlete can help avoid time off the court, expensive surgery, and consequent months of rehabilitation that can keep them out of school.
Improving Their Game
Do you want to know why even the best tennis stars like Serena Williams swear by chiropractic? Because it improves their game. Around 90 percent of all world-class athletes use sports chiropractic care to prevent injuries and keep them in their best shape on the court.
Routine chiropractic maintenance to the spine and joints can result in noticeable improvements to an athlete's game. For example, many avid tennis players suffer from a stiff thoracic spines due to the constant twisting motion of the sport. Adjusting a stiff thoracic spine can restore full range of motion to the middle back, actually increasing serve speed and general shoulder range of motion.
The Attention They Need
When your child attends North Palm Beach junior tennis, they'll be focusing on elevating their skills, confidence, and stamina. Their coaches will work to improve movement, speed, and strength on the court, often spending hours of court time, training and conditioning them to achieve their tennis goals.
However, three of the fundamental causes of tennis injuries seen at ChiroCare of North Palm Beach are:
- Poor posture and balance
- Lack of flexibility
- Improperly functioning muscles
These issues cannot simply be drilled away. At ChiroCare of North Palm Beach, our pediatric chiropractors work alongside your child to provide targeted treatments that remove blockages in the spine and joints. Our team addresses misalignments in the bones that can be interrupting muscle function and causing stiffness that throws them off balance and limits their range of motion.
Will your child be the next tennis star? With the help of a North Palm Beach chiropractor, they just might be.