Fall sports’ training is in full swing across Nebraska and this is also a very busy time for physical therapist. Josh Richling with Makovicka Physical Therapy in Omaha says one of the biggest tips he can give to those in training is to hydrate.
Richling says, “With the humidity and the heat and they are working their tails off make sure they stay hydrated. That is not just at practice but that is leading up. Keeping that water, keeping that fluid intake throughout the day and even the day before because when they are out there losing fluids that can catch up to them pretty fast.”
Experts say not staying hydrated can lead to muscle pulls, cramps and an overall decrease in performance.
Richling says they seeing more overuse injuries likely due to early sports specialization. He says, “Having these kids 10, 11, 12 years old only playing baseball and they are playing baseball year round. Obviously if we step back and look at it, it doesn’t sound like a good idea and it isn’t. These kids need to take a break hopefully four months at a time from doing a particular activity and playing a different sport. Kids don’t seem to be doing that anymore.”