Back-to-school season is busy, especially for student athletes. Between keeping up with classwork and sticking to rigorous practice schedules, young athletes have a lot on their plate.
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If you want to make it easier for your child to juggle the workload with the workouts, there are a number of items athletes can use starting at the beginning of the school year, no matter what sport they compete in.
And the best part is, a lot of them are marked down during the bustling back-to-school sale season. If you're looking for other back-to-school must-haves, clothes, backpacks for kids and college students, school supplies, face masks and SAT prep books are also big scores for families getting ready for the new academic year.
Here are 11 items your young athlete will appreciate having for the 2021-22 school year.
One of the best sports tropes is the athlete deep in thought, stoically reflecting while listening to headphones before a big game. Whether your budding athlete wants to capture the mystique, or they just need something to listen to tunes between school, practice and home, the AirPods' iconic white earbuds are perfect.
Buy them on Walmart for $119
Buy them on Best Buy for $119.99
Deep Tissue Massage Gun
Help them wind down after intense workouts with this percussive massage gun, great for deep tissue relief and complete with 10 specialty heads for a tailored and relaxing experience.
Buy it on Amazon for $39.99 (was $49.99)
Reusable Hot and Cold Ice Packs
Whether they need to ice an injury or just do a little spot treatment for soreness, this two-pack of reusable gel wraps will be a fixture in the freezer for the year. The packs come with a wraparound, Velcro sleeve to help keep them in place.
Buy it on Amazon for $13.55 (was $15.95)
Athlio Gym Bag Backpack
Help them avoid the grief of having to carry that basketball or soccer ball under their arms. With ventilated compartments and mesh nets on the outside to carry water bottles and balls, this bag is perfect for frequent use and game travels.
Buy it on Amazon for $29.99
SB SOX Kinesiology Tape
A roll of kinesiology tape is great to have around if you have an athlete in the house. This tape from SB BOX is latex-free and water resistant for easy and long-lasting wrapping about joints and muscles.
Buy it on Amazon for $13.95
Water Bottle with Time Marker
Whatever you do, don't let your student athlete dehydrate! This water bottle with time markers will help them remember to drink up throughout the day, with a reminder to refill when they get to the end of the 1-liter container.
Buy it on Amazon for $20.99 (was $23.99)
Idson Muscle Roller Stick
Get the knots out with this Idson muscle roller stick to help them ease soreness and reduce stiffness and pain before and after workouts.
Buy it on Amazon for $8.99
Adidas Men's Adilette Shower Slide
Nothing's grosser than walking around a crowded locker barefoot. Give them some relief between the shower and their locker with these slides from Adidas.
Buy them on Amazon starting at $15
Sun Bum Original Sunscreen Face Stick
If they're competing outside, this sunscreen face stick from Sun Bum is a must for your young athlete. Water resistant and SPF 30, this sunscreen will be crucial in helping them avoid sunburns.
Buy it on Amazon for $9.99
Sun Bum Sunscreen Lip Balm
While you're at it, don't forget this lip balm from Sun Bum either — perfect for avoiding dryness and sun damage during competition.
Buy a 3-pack on Amazon for $6.66 (was $9.99)