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Age Guidelines Training Athletes
When is a child ready to participate in organized sports or activities (i.e. baseball, soccer, etc.?
A coach of children show the young athletes the proper techniques, safety precautions, and how to properly use the equipment. A child as young as 7 or 8 years old can usually do physical activities (such as pushups and sit-ups). In order to perform exercises safely, they must be interested in learning new skills to carefully follow instructions. Exercises can help them ti improve their coordination, sense of balance, and awareness of how to control their bodies.
Exercises must be geared to their age, height, and weight. The goal is having fun by participating in the sport; however, proper technique must be stressed. Coaches need to remember that adult training is much different from working with children.
After school unorganized playing and generally being physically active may not be practical due to the lack of children around the same age and the trend of both parents working. The amount of exercise in elementary school during recess is minimal. The traditional walking or riding a bike to school needs to be in groups rather than as an individual for safety.
The Many Benefits of
Improving strength doesn't have to mean lifting weights. Although some kids benefit from a supervised weightlifting, most kids don't need a formal weight training program to be strong. Push-ups, stomach crunches, pull-ups, and other exercises help tone and strengthen muscles. Kids also incorporate strength activities in their play when they climb, do a handstand, or wrestle.
Stretching exercises help improve flexibility, allowing muscles and joints to bend and move easily through their full range of motion. Kids look for opportunities every day to stretch when they try to get a toy just out of reach, practice a split, or do a cartwheel.
Meanwhile, during these years kids often come to a fork in the road with sports. Those who are athletic might end up increasing their time and commitment to sports, which is great for their physical fitness. But more casual athletes may lose interest and decide to quit teams and leagues. Unless they find replacement activities, their physical activity levels can go way down.
But being active is a key component of good health for all school age kids. It will strengthen their muscles and bones and ensure that their bodies are capable of doing normal kid stuff, like lifting a backpack or running a race. It also will help control their weight and decrease their risk of chronic illnesses, such as high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes.
So how do you get kids motivated to be active, especially those who aren't natural athletes?
Kids can be fit even if they're not winning sports trophies. The key is finding activities they enjoy. The options are many — from inline skating and bike riding to tennis and swimming.
When kids find an activity that's fun, they'll do it a lot, get better at it, feel accomplished, and want to do it even more. Likewise, if they're pushed into activities they don't like, they're unlikely to want to participate and will end up feeling frustrated.
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