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Children and fun with sports
We promote fitness among people of any age through sports. However, certain age groups should be careful when they choose a sport to engage in, especially among the young ones. It is because of this reason that this blog site is established – to inform people about various sports and how it can affect them.
Sports are known to provide fitness to every participant, but because there are certain cases each person is facing, not all sports are suited for them. It is best that you seek the guidance of your doctor and then refer to the information shared on our blog site.
Playing sports is best done when one has a healthy body. That probably sounds like an obvious thing to say, but it really isn’t in practice at all when you look at people that are involved in it. So, let’s start by first talking about what it means to be ready for sport or any kind of exercise. Especially these days, there’s so much confusion about so many things, when it comes to health. There are conflicting thoughts and vastly different concepts that people are following.
In fact, there is so much information coming out, sometimes completely opposed to each other, that people have probably just checked out and are no longer paying attention. What happens is that people have some sort of belief system that is formed from previous things they heard and they’re just staying with that. The problem is that much information has been released in recent years that has definitively showed that much of that belief system is entirely wrong. And, yet, people are still operating under those thoughts. So, the problem with that is they are actively harming themselves and don’t even understand it.
When it comes to exercise and sport, one thing that is clear to see is that there’s this tendency to overdo things. This has been the case for a long time, but maybe even more so in the past 15-20 years. You see that with the rise of people getting involved in various challenge type of activities, such as running a half marathon or doing an obstacle course race. Now, it’s excellent that they’re working up the motivation, getting fit, and maybe even doing the activity for a charity. But, the problem is that all of this is around “doing” something, instead of understanding how the body actually works.
What people need to understand is that the body needs time to adapt. This is what training is all about, where you produce work for your body and over a reasonable amount of time, it will respond and be able to handle the new workload. It handles it by adding additional capacity to deal with the load in terms of building cardiovascular function, growing muscle tissue, and by strengthening your overall ligaments and tendons. The problem, as you can imagine, with people doing too much too soon and treating it as just something to accomplish instead of work into slowly is that the body is unprepared and it can’t deal with the workload.
There’s so much more to say on this topic, but will end at this point on part one and look forward to further insights in part two. One thing we’ll leave you with is that even habits like smoking that we know are bad for us, can be addressed through new methods. This can help those engaging in sport tremendously. An example is electronic cigarettes that eliminate much of all that is wrong with smoking. This is a great way for those people that are in need of nicotine to still engage in exercise and sports in a better way. Here’s a resource around this topic and about Die Evolution des Box Mods that you may find informative.
Many parents love to let their children participate in any sport that makes their body movements. What the parents don’t know is that their child may not thrive in the formal leagues, as most sports do have one of them. You need to find the sport that your child will be interested in, but also one that is fitted for their age group.
It is understandable that you want to give the best sport to your child and that they will have a lifelong fitness. However, you must consider the sports that are kid-friendly, especially with their body shape that may not be suited for certain sports. With you encouraging and supporting your child, it will help spark your child’s interest in sports. When you notice this, catch on the energy and bring them to different sporting events in your local neighborhood and even share your interests in sports with your kid.
Activities appropriate for their age
Any child will likely show their natural preferences on certain activities or sports. You have to start there, with your child’s age, abilities, and maturity in mind.
Ages between 2 and 5
Preschoolers and toddlers are starting to master most of the basic human movements, but they are still too young to get into most of the organized sports. Toddlers that engage in organized sports usually do not gain any advantage in the long-term when it comes to future performance on sports.
At this age group, they are more appropriate for an unstructured free play like:
Ages between 6 and 9
At this age group, the children have already developed a better vision, transitional skills and attention spans, like throwing for improve, distance. They are also better at following directions, too. This means that they can engage in organized activities like:
- Baseball, softball or T-ball
- Martial arts
Some parents love to introduce their child to this age group into strength training. It is okay to let them start at the age of 7 or 8, as long as they are carefully supervised and that the child is motivated to do it. You must focus on proper movement and technique.
Ages between 10 and 12
At this age group, children have already developed a mature vision and their ability in recalling and understanding sports strategies. These kids are usually ready to engage in sports that have complex skills, like volleyball, basketball, hockey, and football. However, you need to keep in mind that the child’s growth spurts that are caused by puberty can affect the balance and coordination temporarily.
Whichever sports that your children will end up participating in, make sure that she or he has built up the proper foundation of movement and technique. Sports and coach professionals, like tennis and golf pros, can be your greatest resources for this.
How about contact sports?
Before you allow your child to engage in contact sports, don’t forget to consider their age first, including their physical size and maturity as well. Most contact sports have aggressive activities involved, so you need to consider first whether or not your child will enjoy it and if it is appropriate for them, especially when it comes to developing their character?
Since children enter into puberty at different ages, they might undergo dramatic changes with their body, even of the same sex. Children that are competing against each other who are more mature physically and this situation can increase the risk of getting injured during the game.
Being the parent, make sure you are involved and don’t forget about the safety of your child.
Children and Sports – Are they up for it?
Children as young as two years can be confident enough to be engaging in sports that some adults would think they can’t do it. When you see these kinds of children, you’d immediately think that they are good for all sports.
However, not all children are recommended to take certain sports because you have to consider factors to see whether the sport is suited for them. There are cases in which you need to research carefully. It will help you if you ask your child’s doctor to see which sport is recommended for their age.