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Developing Coordination

Definition of Coordination
       Coordination is performing a series of movements that must occur in a secquentical way to bring about a particular result. Coordination starts when babies begin to develop  Eye-hand coordination. Overall coordination continues as babies begin to roll over, sit, crawl, stand, and walk.

       Like all development issues, we have to realize there will be individual differences. This development is going to happen at its own rate and that the only help that can be provided is by creating the nurturing environment for each point on the developmental continuum.

       Coordination consists of several elements including: balance, movement adequacy, kinesthetic differentiation, reaction to visual and acoustical signals, rhythm and spatial orientation.

       The overall childhood coordination for both girls and boys occurs between the ages of 7 and 14, with the most crucial period occurring between the ages of 10 and 13 years of age.

       Coordination is best developed through a combination of elements as opposed to isolation. Optimal developmental coordination ends at around age 16 for both boys and girls. This is supported by research that advocates that increasing exposure to recreational and sports activities enhances the development of their coordination. Especially when the child’s nervous system is highly moldable and is very accepting to various stimuli.

Strength Activities
       Unless there are developmental problems, children are naturally going to get stronger as they grow older. They also develop more coordination as they grow older. However, they may not achieve their full potential, unless they participate in activities that pomote physical development.

       Preschool and kindergarten children are rarely involved in strength/conditioning programs that focus on targeted muscle groups. It is important for young children to develop overall body strength that will allow them to participate in a wide variety of fun activities that provides confidence in their abilities to do explore doing new things. <>       

References:

Coordination & Movement Skill Development by Brian Grasso Younger athletes must experience and eventually perfect a variety of motor skills in ... Developing basic coordination through movement stimulus is a must, with the ... Less coordinated children will likely never exhibit the tendencies of naturally

Resources:

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associations that have a web presence with information concerning team and
individual sports programs:
         
  
   
Off-Ice Training
PDF  Cool Down Exercises
PDF  Warm Up Exercises
PDF  Off-Ice Training For Figure Skaters
PDF  USFS Training Program

   
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