3 Tips to Help Develop Your Child’s Athletic Potential

It is a common for most of the Gym teachers and instructors to work with highly motivated parents who believe that to maximize the athletic potential, playing games is necessary. Kids need to increase and develop their athletic potential so that they can become active and get a career in sports. Unfortunately, people get carried away with the various unwanted myths and the old wives tales which often make a compromise in the health and exercise of the kids.

The first myth that needs to be pushed off is that one needs to be specialized in a single sport. It is a common sight to see kids who are under the age of twelve spending hours and hours on practicing a single sport. Basically, one needs to realize that this is not the proper means to create a champion and it is something which goes against the basic understanding of how the brain and the body functions.

One thing people need to realize is that not all winners at the age of 12 who are the constant winner at high level games would never be the same at the age of 22. It is the strong and healthy athletes who often win at the high level and it can be develop by going for practice and doing various physical activities right at a young age, especially at the time when the child is trying to learn.

Superior sports player would be needing skills like running, jumping, catching and releasing the different times and weights, sizes and shapes. In addition, these individuals would be required to balance on their own, control the balance while the opponent is pushing, breaking the fall, tumbling, etc. All these given activities can be learned when one does or practices various sports. And as an individual grows, it becomes quite difficult for the body to accustom with the day to day exercises and body weight.

There are three steps that can help in developing the physical strength of a child. The first step is to never encourage, specialize, or make your child play various kinds of sports each month. And even avoid playing various sports each week. This is based on a huge myth that people have to set up huge goals. However, you do need to keep in mind that you have to control the given goal.

The second step is to take a goal which you can be controlled and one which does not need an individual to worry about. Most people often believe that strength training would injure children. And the major reason for this is because people continue to watch weight lifting on the TV.

In addition, people get carried away with the height and physique of the kid. They assume that short and fat kids cannot exercise properly and they would be bad for sports. The third step in developing a good body is doing strength training with proper coaching.

Frankly, the above given steps are what kids would require to do and as parents we need to ensure that our kids are healthy and active.


Saravavan Nadarajan (Vanan)

Vanan, fitness expert and leader at EzFit Singapore, specializes in holistic training—home-based, boot camps, and corporate fitness—with over a decade of industry experience.

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