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Tip 9 - The 'sport-ready athlete'

Developing the ‘sport-ready’ athlete

It is very important for sporting participants to have an understanding of, and strategies for, effectively managing the demands and requirements related to being an athlete. With appropriate guidance and practice, these strategies can become life-long habits.

These complementary skills include:

  • Understanding the importance of having a sound athletic base (e.g. optimal neuromuscular flexibility, muscular strength and stability of the major joint complexes, good ‘whole body’ coordination) and maintaining good physical health.
  • Knowing how to properly warm-up and cool down before and after training and competition, and understand why it’s important.
  • Knowing how to prevent and manage sport related injuries and illness and knowing who to consult for further assistance.
  • Understanding the importance of good nutritional habits.
  • Having a good awareness and implementing strategies to monitor and manage hydration and safely exercising in hot and cold environments.
  • Understanding the importance of not over-training or over-competing.
  • Understanding the importance of rest and recovery.
  • Maintaining a healthy sport-life balance.

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Educate yourself and your child on all the above aspects so they exhibit good and consistent sport-smarts. Good sources of information include but are not limited to:

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11.6 million Australian adults participate in sport or physical activity three or more times per week.
3.2 million Australian children participate in organised sport or physical activity outside of school.
$10 billion is spent annually by Australians on fees for participation in sport or physical activity.
17 million Australian adults participate in a sport or physical activity every year.
650 thousand Australians either coach, teach or instruct sport.