Preventing Future Wear And Tear: The 4 Things You Should Encourage Your Teen To Do To Keep Their Body Healthy

Posted by Dr. Scott Wilson | 03-Jul-2017

Teenagers are vulnerable to a wide range of injuries that result from their active lifestyles. Participating in athletic sports and physically demanding hobbies are some of the ways that injuries related to wear and tear can arise.

Muscle strains, bone fractures, and overuse injuries are issues that today’s teenagers often face. Developing bodies must be protected against damage that could lead to lasting pain or loss of function.

Special Considerations for Teenagers

There are many injuries commonly seen in teenagers. These include inflammatory issues such as tendonitis and bursitis as well as an impingement of the shoulders, hips, or ankles.

Plantar fasciitis, labral tears, patellofemoral pain syndrome, spondylolysis, stress fractures, and hypermobility issues can also arise in teenagers and young adults.

Left untreated, these problems can become worse and lead to secondary issues that may require extensive and costly treatments.

Working with a physiotherapist helps teenagers prevent unwanted injuries through the use of exercises, stretches, and joint mobilizations. In addition, lifestyle factors can also support their long-term health and wellbeing.

The following are 4 things you should encourage your teen to do to keep their body healthy.

  1. Exercise Regularly
    Exercise provides many benefits to the muscles, bones, heart, and lungs. It’s been shown to improve energy levels and elevate mood.

    Teenagers who exercise on a regular basis have better sleep and are better able to respond to the demands that are placed on them each day.

    Physiotherapists can prescribe the right exercises, frequency, and intensity levels to support the health of your teenager.

  2. Include Strength Training in Their Exercise Program
    There are many misconceptions around the use of strength training among teenagers. Although the bones and joints are still developing, strength training can be used to safely improve and maintain muscle tone and strength.

    Strength training must be performed using the correct form and intensity levels. A skilled physiotherapist understands the unique needs of teenagers and can prescribe the appropriate program to provide the best results.

  3. Maintain Flexibility
    Stretching is critical to preventing injuries among teenagers and adults. Maintaining normal range of motion in the joints prevents muscle strains while reducing undue stress on the joints and their connective tissues.

    Although many people overlook the importance of flexibility, incorporating stretching in your teen’s exercise program will go a long way in keeping them healthy and injury-free.

  4. Aerobic Exercise and Cardiovascular Health
    Not only does aerobic exercise such as running, cycling, and swimming improve the health of your teen’s cardiovascular system, it can also provide relief from chronic pain.

    Improving cardiovascular health improves daily function while preventing physical fatigue. Research has also shown that aerobic exercise can enhance sleep and improve a person’s sense of wellness.

These are 4 things parents should encourage teens to do to keep their bodies healthy. Understanding the importance of exercise along with strength, flexibility, and cardiovascular training is a long-term investment in their health.

Working with the right physiotherapist ensures that teenagers have the right exercise plans to meet their needs, keep them safe from injury, and maintain lasting health.

Dr. Scott Wilson

Dr. Scott Wilson is the Founder & Chairman of Physiomed; one of Canada’s largest franchised networks of inter-disciplinary healthcare clinics. A graduate of Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College, Dr. Wilson founded Physiomed in 1994 and has since grown Physiomed to over 30 clinics in Southern Ontario and British Columbia. With hundreds of practitioners from over a dozen disciplines, Dr. Wilson and Physiomed have helped over 100,000 Canadians with physiotherapy, chiropractic, massage therapy, orthotic therapy, compression therapy and clinical conditioning as part of a program of rehabilitation and health optimization. In addition to helping patients improve their physical and mental well-being, Dr. Wilson has also mentored hundreds of practitioners to provide better care while enjoying more fulfilling careers. He is also a keynote speaker on many health related topics including how physiotherapy, chiropractic and health & wellness treatment can help with stress, weight loss, and unlocking the true potential within to achieve lasting physical well-being.

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