How to Help Your Child Excel in Football

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Parents can play a critical role in the development of their football player, especially in the younger age groups. They can introduce a youngster to the sport by getting them into a good introductory program to the learn the sport. They can place their players in skill-development camps, fitness training programs and developmental tackle football programs. Parents monitor their health and development and can make sure they are prepared to flourish as their bodies mature.

Instill Work Ethic, Respect For Coaches

  • Team sports teach many life lessons. Athletes learn to work within a team structure, accept roles and shoulder group responsibility. But parents can help their players succeed by teaching them to respect teammates and coaches. Parents can help instill the discipline and work ethic essential to athletic advancement. Parents can reinforce their teachings by personally respecting coaches and the other players and parents.

Ensure Personal, Athletic Balance

  • Athletes can burn out on one sport by placing too much focus on it at a young age. USA Football recommends that players play multiple sports as they grow up. Parents should encourage their children to try new things and maintain a varied activities schedule.

Create Learning Opportunities

  • Parents chart a player's early career path by putting them in youth football programs, camps and training programs. Unless a parent has extensive football experience, its best to place a young player with properly trained coaches and instructors and to support those experts. Parents should also make sure their player has good, safe, properly-fitting equipment at all times.

Meet Nutritional Needs

  • As players begin more intensive strength and agility training, they need to fuel those workouts. Parents should ensure these nutritional needs are met. Football players should refuel every four hours. They must eat three meals per day plus healthy snacks, with a balance of protein, a starch (rice, pasta, potato) and either a fruit or vegetable. Their daily caloric intake should average 20 to 25 calories per pound of body fat. Athletes should also remain hydrated by frequently sipping fluids. Training supplements should augment and not replace a balanced, natural diet.

Ensure Proper Rest and Recovery

  • Football training is very demanding. Playing the game itself can take a toll. Parents must stay on top of injuries and ensure that their players get proper rest and enjoy proper recovery. (Ref. 1, USA Football). Parents must make sure their players are not over-training or risking further injury by trying to play hurt. They must be especially aware of concussion symptoms and dangers.

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