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Clear Water Outdoor Family Fitness: Getting Your Kids Ready for Back-To-School Sports
 Posted By: Clear Water Outdoor Store
 Posted On: Aug 24 2012 4:52PM

Make sure your child has everything they need for their school sporting events.

The summer is a great time of year for getting outside with your family and explore your surrounding while you still have the hot summer weather allowing you to do so. The summer season also provides a great chance to try out new activities as a family, such as surfing or rock climbing, that you may not have time for during the busy work or school year.
However, just because summer is slowly starting to come to an end and the weather is growing cooler, that does not mean that your family fitness activities also need to go into hibernation. Not only are there plenty of fall sports and activities that can provide a chance to bond and get in shape with your kids, but the start of school offers the fun opportunity for getting your kids enrolled in seasonal sports.
While sports are a fun way for your child to socialize and meet new people outside of the classroom, they are also very physical activities that require kids to be in good shape all year long. Plus, rounding up the whole family to go and watch a local football game or a high school tennis match is a great way to bond during the week, amidst your hectic work and homework schedules.
However, if your child is going to be playing sports or participating in after-school activities this year, there are certain tasks that you should add on to your to-do list before your child heads off to their first practice. Here are just a few tips for getting your child back-to-school sports ready:
Arrange For A Sports Physical
Many schools will request an in-depth sports physical from school students who are looking to start a new sport or begin a new competitive season. However, even if a physical isn't required, it is still beneficial in helping you determine whether or not your child is safe to participate in a sport or physical activity. Your sports doctor may even be able to offer some good training tips that will help your child avoid injury throughout the season.
Practice With Your Kids
If your child is going to be having tryouts or auditions for their sports team, a good way to build up their skills and confidence is to practice with them at your local park or even in your backyard. Not only is this a great form of exercise for the whole family, but it is also a fun way to get your neighbors or friends involved in the game!
Prepare For The Change In Schedule
After sleeping in and staying out late all summer, that early school wakeup call will come as a big shock for parents and children alike. So, in order to avoid a drastic adjustment of household sleep schedules, ease yourself and your kids back into the school year routine gradually. Starting a few weeks before school officially begins, begin having your family wake up earlier and go to bed later, eventually growing closer to the hour that they will need to rise in order to make it to school on time.
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