As a supportive, cautiously skeptical parent of a youth athlete, you want what’s best for your child and his or her long term development. You want to give them every opportunity in the world to be as successful as possible in every arena they decide to take on — be it in the classroom, on the field, or in the playground against those pesky neighbor kids (only kidding).
1. The earlier and wider you build your son or daughter’s athletic “foundation”, the higher their eventual athletic “peak” can be (by training properly now your child will be faster tomorrow AND faster in 5-10 years when it REALLY matters)
In the old days kiddos had it a lot easier. First off, physical education was still an actual “class” and most programs did an okay (albeit not scientifically sound) job of keeping kids active. Secondly, kiddos actually spent time OUTSIDE playing games and making all kinds of “trouble” with their friends!
Nowadays, children are specializing in sports younger and younger, and because of this are only developing a limited set of muscles, a limited “capacity” of their neuromuscular system (a fancy term for how the body controls muscular “work”), and in the end “stunting” their overall athleticism.
2. In addition to building a better foundation for future success, proper training drastically reduces the risk of your child being injured!
Early specialization (children only focusing on a single sport) has lead to a dramatic increase in the number of injuries occurring in youth athletics — injuries that used to be unheard of before an athlete’s 18th birthday are now becoming commonplace in even the youngest of leagues because of this lack of complete body control and athletic development.
3. Without properly exposing your child to wide range of movements and activities, you could “box in” your child and limit their opportunities for success in ALL sports later on
The more movement patterns we expose a child to early on, the better control and coordination of all movements (even those in an unfamiliar sport) the child will have later in life.
This can have an almost unfathomable impact on an athlete that decides to pursue a new sport of interest later in life, and can literally be the difference in being average or slightly above average and reaching an elite level and receiving scholarships worth tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars to Mom and Dad!
On the other hand, if we neglect a “complete” approach and instead keep an athlete in one sport virtually year round, that child will be at an EXTREME disadvantage if they decide a few years later that they’d like to try and have success at another sport–leaving them frustrated, disappointed, and with a severe blow to their confidence levels. Don’t make this mistake!
4. Positive experiences in physical activity and athletics now can lead to healthier kids now and healthier adults later!
We all want what’s best for our kids,
What’s the best way to do all of this for your young athlete?
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