Preparing kids for football season
Training camp for the National Football League is just around the corner, and before you know it, kids will be taking to the field and tossing around the pigskin. Daily practices and conditioning is key for children who want to have a successful football season, and there are a few things that parents can do to ensure they stay safe and have fun.
Kids who are playing football may want to scarf down anything and everything, but filling up on whole grains and fresh food can help them go the extra mile. Encourage kids to avoid fast food and other fattening and low-nutrition foods that won't give them the fuel they need.
Football practices begin in August, which is often one of the hottest months of the year. Make sure that when kids are home, they are drinking plenty of water and sports drinks to replenish fluids and vitamins. Dehydration and overheating is common for young football players, so make sure that kids are opting for healthy drinks rather than soda.
Additionally, parents should make sure that kids are getting adequate sleep and taking care of themselves on and off the field.