SPEAR’S Secret to the summer reset

  • 5th July 2024
  • Active Lifestyle

School Holidays REST  

Children’s sporting activities play a crucial role in their overall development. Encouraging children to participate in a variety of sports can help them discover their passions and talents. By exposing children to the joy of sports and the spirit of competition, we nurture the next generation of athletes.  

However as summer holidays quickly approach, Saturday sports and evening training will be on hold for a while. But for our young sport loving community what’s the best way to come back strong next season?

The value of a summer reset is often underestimated in terms of injury prevention and long-term athlete development. Recent research highlights the dangers of burnout and injury associated with overly specific and intense training regimes during this period. Pushing children too hard, too fast not only increases their risk of injury but can also diminish their passion for the game.  


Prevention is always better than cure, but that begs the question, how do we prevent? 


Firstly, encourage PLAY. During the summer holidays, engaging in fun sport activities is a fantastic way for children to stay active and make the most of their time off school. From swimming, cycling and outdoor games like football or frisbee, there are endless opportunities for kids to enjoy physical activity while having fun with friends and family. Summer sport activities not only help children maintain their fitness levels but also promote social interaction, teamwork, and problem-solving skills in a relaxed and enjoyable setting. Whether it’s exploring local parks or organising back garden tournaments, these activities create lasting memories and contribute to a healthy, active lifestyle 


Secondly, it’s crucial to address any pain promptly during this reset period. Taking proactive steps to manage and alleviate any aches or discomfort ensures that children can return to their sports activities stronger and without the risk of injury in the upcoming season. This period is ideal for assessing any lingering issues or minor injuries that may have developed over the previous season. By seeking advice and professional assessments from SPEAR Physiotherapy we can offer tailored treatment plans that can be implemented to specifically address each child’s needs. Addressing these concerns early not only promotes recovery but also helps in preventing more serious injuries down the line.  


Taking a break this summer is not just about relaxation; it’s a crucial opportunity for children to recharge, explore new interests. Whether through sports, creative pursuits, or simply enjoying quality time with family and friends, this break allows kids to rejuvenate their spirits and return to their routines refreshed and ready to learn. Encouraging a balanced approach that includes both active and restful activities. As we navigate this summer break, let’s celebrate the joy of play, the benefits of downtime, and the memories created through these meaningful experiences