Summer is a great time for kids to get out and get active. One of the best ways to ensure they do so is group sports. Every June, we celebrate Sports America Kids Month to encourage healthy habits and essential life skills in our kids.
Sports are a wonderful thing, whether as a group or solo activity. Most kids start by playing soccer, baseball, or dancing and turn to basketball or football as they grow. These activities instill important skills into our children, such as teamwork, communication, patience, competition, and empathy. The younger your children start playing sports, the earlier they can practice these critical life skills.
While learning skills and creating memories are important, childhood sports are encouraged by doctors across the nation because they help strengthen bones and muscles and decrease the risk of childhood obesity, which is becoming more prominent. From 2017 to 2020, the CDC released statistical findings that almost 20% of children and adolescents between two and 19 were obese. That’s nearly 15 million people in the United States alone suffering from early-onset obesity.
Encouraging your children to stay active and join a team sport is one of the best ways to keep them healthy, happy, and learning. It’s important to pay attention to any injuries they may receive. As growing children, a break or sprain isn’t the end of the world as long as it’s handled correctly and treated effectively. We can treat fractures, dislocations, sprains, strains, and more at our clinics.
We developed the First Care Sports Physical Giveback Program to show our support to our children and our communities. First Care Clinics will donate $5 to schools across the area for each sports physical completed at one of our clinics. Sports physicals at one of our clinics are just $25 and can be paid using cash or cards. We are committed to building strong relationships within our communities, and we know that our Sports Physical Giveback Program is just one of the many ways we can show our support.
So, if your child is ready to start playing their sport of choice this summer, stop by your local First Care Clinic to ensure they are safe and prepared to do so. We encourage the next generation to stay healthy while having fun making friends and memories, and we’re glad we can do our part to ensure their safety in the matter.