Here’s some breaking news for every high school athlete: You need to take a break.
Someone -- a parent, a coach, a grandfather, a friend -- needs to remind every teenage athlete to stop for a week or two to let the body rest.
“For baseball and other sports, they need to take three, four weeks off, rest, let their bodies heal,” said Tim Moscicki, the trainer at Los Angeles Loyola for 25 years. “They’re growing. We see more and more stress fractures and growth-plate injuries due to kids who never stop playing.”
Football players who are beginning a three-week mandatory dead period aren’t expected to just sit at the beach all day. They are advised to lift weights three days a week and get their running in so they are in shape when regular practice resumes in August.