As the fitness industry continues to grow and there has been more time and effort put into research in specific areas of fitness. One recent study in the US has given qualified Kids Fitness Instructors new opportunities to help combat fitness-related injury with younger clients.
Fitness related injury among younger people is a growing problem as more children keep fit in various ways, both in and out of school. Although kids keeping fit and healthy in any way possible is a positive thing to see, when corners are cut, problems can arise, and this is why we are seeing the growing number of fitness-related injuries among children.
The recent study that has been carried out in the US Estimates that 3.5 million children aged 14 and under receive medical treatment for sports-related injuries, whilst athletes in high-school account for an extra 2 million injuries per year. Down to this, experts such as James R. Andrews, a former president of the American Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM), have said that “This makes sports the leading cause of adolescent injury.”
According to a department of the National Institutes of Health in the US, the most common sports injuries are due to accidents, poor training practices, using the wrong equipment, and more common than expected; overdoing physical exercise.
Some of the most common sports-related injuries among children are easily avoidable, with the most common being the following:
- Knee injuries
- Sprains and strains
- Swollen muscles
- Achilles tendon injuries
- Pain along the shin bone
- Fractures and dislocations
Although these studies are US based, it gives Kids Fitness Instructors in towns and cities across the world guidance when they are looking to keep their younger clients active and reach goals in safe and effective ways. Along with this, it also identifies common sports injuries that they can help to prevent with proper techniques and warm-ups in their sessions.
Many Kids Fitness Instructors know what is required to prevent these injuries with warm-ups and stretching, but there is also a growing number of children getting injured down to being pushed too hard. This is a massive indicator for Fitness Instructors to be careful when training younger clients, as each young person is developing in a unique way, which can make it harder for Instructors to train each young person in a way that suits them and their needs.
A lot of younger people’s fitness is carried out in group sessions, as this is what is more enjoyable for kids, as they can stay active and have fun together. One way that Kids Fitness Instructors can make their group sessions safe for all the clients is by keeping a constant eye on each individual child and their progression and the way they keep up with the session, as it can be easy to forget to do so when there are 20-25 kids to keep organised and on track.
With there being a growing number of kids sports-related injuries coming from overdoing exercise, it is growingly important for kids Trainers to stay vigilant, as this is clearly an area of fitness that is causing a problem when aiming to reduce the rate of injury.
Overall, there are various areas of fitness and workouts that industry professionals can look to alter to reduce injury among children, and this is massively positive, with early sports-related injuries also being tied to inactivity and more prominent health and fitness problems when they get older. Down to this, it is our job as Personal Trainers and industry professionals to do what we can with the research we have to help combat growing problems such as sports-related injury among children.