Kids, Sports, And Chiropractic Care

“How did I get this way?” says the new patient. “I haven’t done anything for my back to hurt. I was literally just sitting there when the pain started.” Spinal misalignments really only happen two ways – trauma or a build up of your daily activities.

Most people know when trauma is involved. You fall down some stairs or you’re involved in a car accident. Those are both traumas and you don’t forget when those things happen. Is that really all of the physical trauma you’ve had in your life? Do you remember every little bump and bruise you got as a kid? Did you play any sports?

A Long List Of Traumas

If you were to fall off your bike today, you would get some bumps and bruises and hurt for a week. When those same issues occur as a kid, they usually jump right back up (maybe cry a little) and it’s over. But is it?

Those little growing vertebrae can move out of alignment and cause pressure on developing nerves. The saying “As the twig is bent, so grows the tree” comes to mind in this scenario. If something can shift out of place, what long lasting effect might it have on your child’s future health and potential symptoms down the road? Do you think anything like this might have happened to you?

Have you ever fallen down on your bike? Fallen out of a tree? Jumped off the couch and landed on your head? Been “accidentally” hit by a soccer ball to the head that your sister still swears wasn’t her fault? If were were to watch a movie of every trauma you’ve had in your life, we would cringe and squirm and wonder how it’s possible you’re still walking around today.

Childhood Sports and Chiropractic

My sons play sports, and they’re active even when they’re not in an organized activity. They jump, crawl, tackle, and “accidentally” hit each other with footballs, basketballs and even the occasional nerf sword. They have traumas. They rarely complain of pain. However, when checked for spinal misalignments (usually monthly) it’s common for us to find something that needs to be adjusted.

During a more active sports season, they get adjusted even more frequently to help make sure their spines are as they should be. My objective is that they can reach their full physical and health potential. My hope is that their health won’t be limited by the health of their spines.

I remember a sign at my first chiropractor’s office: “Are you leaving your children at home to experience the same problems you are?” Kids play sports. Kids fall down. Kids get out of alignment. What kids don’t do is complain about back pain (usually). Their bones are softer and more pliable, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t affected by the same types of things that would affect you.

The best part for kids is that they love getting adjusted! They haven’t had the problems as long, require far fewer adjustments, and they respond well. Get those athletes checked!

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Sport and Physical Recreation

Everyone needs to have an exercise routine. Staying healthy depends largely on staying active. A great way to achieve optimal health is to combine sport and physical recreation. Think outside the box and nontraditional activities can be considered sport. This way you’ll have all kinds of options to choose from.

Sports such as soccer, baseball, basketball, football, and volleyball are all great activities to participate in. Not only do you get exercise, but you can also form friendships. Encouraging children to partake in games that involve sport and physical recreation is one way to help them stay active and healthy. Recreational sports also teach team work and sportsmanship to children, both of which are valuable tools they’ll need later in life. If your child shows an interest in joining a sport at school encourage them to go for it.

Hunting is an activity that you may not think of in terms of a sport, but ask any hunter how much exercise and exertion is involved in tromping through the woods looking for deer. Not to mention if you actually manage to kill the deer and have to drag it out of the woods. So hunting should be on your list of sport and physical recreation activities if you like that sort of thing.

Practice and enter a 5k run. Jogging has long been a favorite outdoor activity. Races are great recreational activities that let joggers put their best foot forward so to speak. A race can be considered a sport because there is a winner; whoever crosses the finish line first! If you enjoy jogging by all means include it in your sport and physical recreation program.

Join a bowling team. Bowling is a fun activity that people of all ages enjoy. If your employer has a bowling team you can combine physical activity and getting to know your co-workers in one place. Kids like bowling also, so setting a day each month to go bowling as a family is a great idea.

Some other activities you might want to consider are:

o Biking: Get your biking shorts on, practice for a while, and then join a bike race. This offers great exercise and a way to see the country side.

o Frisbee: Playing Frisbee with your family, friends, and even your dog is great exercise. They even have Frisbee teams and events now that you might like to get in to.

o Horseshoes: This is another nontraditional sport you might like to try. You could set some pegs up in your backyard and turn this into a neighborhood activity.

As you can see, there are different ways to combine sport and physical activity that are fun and offer great exercise benefits. Now you just have to pick the one’s you like best and get to work!

Gary Pearson is an accomplished niche website developer and author.

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How Plyometrics Drills Enhance Volleyball and Soccer Training

Plyometrics for volleyball can help an athlete increase explosive power and vertical jump in the court, but it should be done together with a sport-specific training program.

Although plyometrics is considered a very efficient method of power training, there are a number of important factors to consider prior to incorporating this form of conditioning into the training regimen. First and foremost, bear in mind that explosive power is a task of both muscle contraction speed and strength. The drills will also help shape up the neuromuscular system. As a result, you will be able to apply a larger amount of force in a very short span of time. Nevertheless, if you do not have enough strength, its efficacy will consequently be limited.

This type of training in volleyball is usually done during the middle or the late pre-season stage of training. The period before that is typically used to improve functional, as well as maximal, strength.

Since volleyball plyometric drills necessitate maximal muscle effort and high-intensity movements, other forms of training like endurance runs and the like should therefore not precede them. Needless to say, a comprehensive warm up session should always be performed first.

On the other hand, the simplest plyometric drill you can do for the sport of soccer consists of jumps. Start out by jumping over a regular soccer ball. Jump repeatedly to the left and to the right, and then forward and backwards over the soccer ball. You can perform this drill in twenty repetitions.

The next exercises you can do is jumping with the left foot over the ball, and then do the same thing using your right foot. Use the similar directions of the previous jumping drill.

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Sport and Soccer and Football Can Disappoint But Here is Something That Will Never Disappoint

The World Cup which is underway in South Africa is being severely criticised for its lack of skill and excitement, but also for the appalling noise from these horns.

One analyser yesterday said that he was giving his fee to charity because the game was so poor and unexciting and boring. Now, I have never heard that previously! The two broadcasters mentioned that the ‘road report’ back home in the United Kingdom would be more exciting.

There is something far wrong with soccer or football, as we call it in Scotland.

Players are being paid absurd sums of money and they are producing very little ‘entertainment’. The tournament may improve, but the first few days have been most disappointing.

We know there will be nothing really new in the World Cup competition. There may be stunning goals and surprising disappointments, resulting in massive upsets for some fans, and there will be one winner, just as there has always been in the past.

Writing as a disciple of Jesus Christ, and a student of the Bible over many years, we know that there is nothing new under the sun.

The strips and the footgear and the type of ball may change, although when it comes to the ball, there must be a question as to whether that has been an improvement. So far it has been criticised, and not without good reason.

Under the sun, there is really nothing new. Sin and selfishness and depression and war appear to be becoming worse and worse, and the persecution of those who believe in Jesus Christ and who stand for the scriptures, as we have them in the Old and New Testament, is certainly increasing in various nations throughout the world.

There has been persecution of believers in Jesus Christ since the Day of Pentecost.

We are dealing with sin and sin appears to be abounding in virtually every walk of life.

One day this thing we call sin will pass away, but that will not happen until Jesus Christ returns.

Just as we know how the World Cup will unfold, so Almighty God knows when and how to deal with the sin of the world.

A person’s individual sin can be dealt with now. Jesus Christ shed his blood to wash away our sin and give us that opportunity to enjoy a fresh start. Jesus Christ willingly laid down his life and became the sacrificial Passover Lamb that we might be rescued and redeemed and brought from darkness into light.

His sacrifice was accepted by God the Father, who raised Jesus from the dead. That is why he is more than able to deal with all those troublesome issues that bother us.

Our gracious God knows how to deal with sin, and Almighty God has a love for people, and cares about them and He is concerned that they may be lifted out of the messes and problems in which they find themselves.

Sport and soccer and football and people may all disappoint us at times.

Jesus Christ will never disappoint nor let you down. It is not in his character or nature to do so.

Jesus Christ can make all things new. We are taught that in the Bible. He can make you a new person now, and one day there will be a new heaven and a new earth. There is nothing surer.

Sandy Shaw

Sandy Shaw is Pastor of Nairn Christian Fellowship, Chaplain at Inverness Prison, and Nairn Academy, and serves on The Children’s Panel in Scotland, and has travelled extensively over these past years teaching, speaking, in America, Canada, South Africa, Australia, making 12 visits to Israel conducting Tours and Pilgrimages, and most recently in Uganda and Kenya, ministering at Pastors and Leaders Seminars, in the poor areas surrounding Kampala, Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu.

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