Power PT & Sports Medicine September 2019

september 2019

BACK AT IT PREPARING FOR ANOTHER

SCHOOL YEAR AND ATHLETICS SEASON

It’s a monumental year in the Nowlin household. For the first time in more than 10 years, we will not have a child in elementary school when the school year begins this fall. Our oldest son will begin his busy junior year of high school, our middle son will be back on the bottom of the totem pole as a freshman in high school, and our youngest son will head off to his first year of junior high. Sad isn’t the right word to describe this change, but it certainly is bittersweet. It doesn’t seem like it was that long ago that our eldest son, Micah, was starting elementary school. Now, our youngest son, Caleb, is excited to experience the things his older brothers got to do. During their teenage years, there are a lot of changes in kids’ personal development, and to watch your child become a thriving, near-adult is truly amazing. Even my eldest son is surprised at how fast school has flown by for him. This year, he’s going to take the SAT, consider what he wants to do once he graduates, and figure out what colleges he’s interested in. We both feel like the first two years have flown

by, and we wouldn’t mind if they slowed down just a bit.

our family. Every show they put on is great, and every fall, he’s packed solid with training and practicing. Micah’s band is pretty spectacular, actually. In the past few years, they have placed first and second in their division for marching band competitions. As autumn athletics teams and bands gear up for another competitive season, keep in mind that the heat can have a detrimental effect on players, athletes, and musicians. Like I tell my boys, stay properly hydrated and be vigilant about stretching and warming up. Your body needs to be ready for the demands of your sport and the heat, and drinking plenty of water and warming up properly are two surefire ways to protect yourself. From everyone at Power Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine, have a fantastic fall and great school year. We can’t wait to hear all about your games, achievements, and studies!

I can still remember my first days of school, especially when I was Micah’s age. I played football throughout high school, so when school started, I had already spent weeks practicing and training under the warm California sun. Back-to-school season meant sore muscles, two workouts a day, and the excitement of a new season. I was never too excited about academics when August hit, but I was itching to get back onto the football field. All three of our boys are involved in sports, but Caleb is the only one who plays football. And, for now, it’s flag football. Our middle child, Josh, is gearing up for his fall soccer season, and I know he’s excited for what this next season will bring. Even though no one’s on the football team, we still enjoy ourselves under those Friday night lights. Micah’s involvement in marching band makes the halftime show the most exciting part of the home football games for

–Mark Nowlin

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