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Spending thousands of dollars on a single sport for a child only to see that child get burned out in 3 years, is that a quality time and financial investment? Unfortunately a large percentage of parents all around the United States have bought in hook, line, and sinker into this horrendous brainwashing. The Tulane Institute of Sports Medicine has seen the surgical curve for overuse injuries drop from 18-20 year olds, to 12-14 year olds. Why is this happening? Because kids are being wrongfully told they have to compete in one sport only from the age of 6-8 and up.
When we are talking about long term athletic development, sports specialization does not occur until after puberty. Children are still learning fundamental movement skills to achieve basic strength, balance, and stability. Not to mention their mental capacity to focus on more intense competition is also still being developed. Youth sports has become a big business and has lost its focus on creating a well rounded, athletic child. The importance to win now and forfeit learning has become ingrained way to early in a child’s life.
What can parents do to reduce this one sport win now pressure? Sign your child up for multiple sports while they are young and let them decide what they enjoy. All of the top professional athletes played a variety of sports growing up. It was not until they reached junior high or high school they began to specialize more, and even then they starred in multiple sports. Do not let the pressure of coaches who want to line their pockets be the deciding influence on your 9 year old. Registering them for exercise classes at your gym/health club is another great way to show them alternative healthy activities for those not interested in specific sports. Learn To Move Academy is developing a system for individuals to purchase so children learn these fundamental movements at home. Finally make sure they have fun. Learning winning and losing is important and not everyone is a champion for the season, but having fun in the process is vital to returning for more seasons.
Matt Peale is an NASM certified personal trainer since 2008 and works with youth both as a trainer and partner in Learn To Move Academy. Email Matt at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions and comments.
Slips, trips, falls. Broken hips, wrists, and twisted ankles. Taking a wobbly step and recovering as a 30 or 40 year old something becomes more difficult as a 60 and 70 year old something. One of the first physical attributes to go as a senior citizen is balance. Often times we take balance for granted that it will always be there when we need it. The unfortunate true story is that balance is a use it or lose it skill.
According to the CDC, one-third of adults over 65 fall each year. Some of the reasons may be medical such as positional vertigo, Labrynthitis, and vestibular neuronitis. In these cases a doctor can diagnose and treat with medication the symptoms and or causes of the disease. When no medical condition exists, it is often due to atrophy and lack of use due to sedentary lifestyle. The good news for non medical issues is that balance can be relearned and to an extent restored. In teaching senior exercise classes, one common area they all want to work on are movements to regain the balance they lost over time. Quality of life for otherwise healthy seniors is typically top of the list for why they exercise. So the question becomes, what can someone do to stabilize and improve their balance.
A simple yet can feel complex move is to stand on one leg and bend at the waist to touch your knee, ankle, or toes. Sounds easy enough, and you would be very surprised to see how many people regardless of age fall over from this basic task. Another balance move even more basic is to stand on one leg for 5 to 10 seconds. Try doing it on each leg not just your dominate side. Once these movements are mastered, do them with eyes closed. Not having any visual cues is a game changer and can be more challenging then when you first started eyes open. There are many pieces of equipment to use like BOSU balls, physio balls, and balance plates, but if standing on one leg is difficult, no use investing in equipment to clutter the house.
How do you know if your balance is really off, try doing an everyday task on one leg. At first it will be difficult, but if you can master it in a few attempts that is normal and remember to use both legs individually. If the task still cannot be mastered after multiple attempts, it may be time to invest into a program that can stabilize, strengthen, and improve coordination of your muscles. According to the National Council on Aging, falls are the leading cause of fatal and non fatal injuries for older Americans. Look into a program like Learn To Move Academy, and don’t be part of these statistics, get up and move around everyday. Just being active may save your life!
Matt Peale is an NASM Certified Personal Trainer since 2008 and a partner in New Orleans area based Learn To Move Academy. You can Like Learn To Move Academy on Facebook and email Matt at email@example.com.
First of all I want to make the point I am not a scientist or doctor, I am an NASM Certified Personal Trainer since 2009. Like all blogs, they are a mixture of fact and opinion. With that being said, scientists can attribute positive effects of physical exercise on academic performance in youth and memory skills in senior citizens. What has not been proven yet are any specific movements, i.e. push ups, squats, plyometrics, etc., that contribute to cognitive development.
In a study by the CDC called “The Association Between School-Based Physical Activity, Including Physical Education, and Academic Performance”, it highlighted that one or more positive correlations were found in 11 of 14 studies between physical education and indicators of cognitive skills, academic achievement, and/or academic behavior. In a study titled “Beneficial Effects of Physical Exercise on Neuroplasticity & Cognition”, the findings point to a slower rate of memory decline in people at the age of 53 who exercised twice-a-week between the ages of 36 to 43. Additionally, Gray matter volume was larger for those individuals who exercised compared to those that did not.
What does all that mean in plain, simple American English? Well, it means that beyond the physical benefits of exercise, the mental benefits are just as important. To properly engage the correct muscles when doing load bearing movements, you have to think about using those muscles. Not only does thinking about using the correct muscles improve performance, but it also decreases the risk of injury. Using the proper form, coordinating the movement of multiple muscle groups, and breathing at the right time through a movement all use brain power and concentration. Combining all of these factors in a structured exercise program, it contributes to the positive results in memory the studies found.
The unfortunate reality is 1/3 of America is considered obese by the CDC and childhood obesity is also too high. If heart disease, stroke, and diabetes risk factors don’t get you moving, maybe saving your brain will. Learn To Move Academy can help your school’s PE program and assisted living facility with a web based custom program to boost your cognitive skills and maybe just help your physical conditioning. Email Matt Peale at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. Check us out on Facebook also, just get moving!
You have all heard the phrase actions speak louder than words. When working with children, sometimes we turn this around and our words attempt to speak louder than actions. This reversal of the phrase is unfortunately found in PE classes around the country. With the shortage of time spent in PE, and childhood obesity learned from parents and other influential adults, PE teachers are often the only model of fitness a child encounters. PE teachers are more and more needed to be group fitness instructors and providing a true physical education, which includes fundamentals of movement in addition to sports specific skills.
If you take the analogy of a PE coach/teacher to be a group fitness instructor/personal trainer, would you pay an overweight, out of shape personal trainer who cannot demonstrate exercises without falling down or getting out of breath? The answer is NO!! So why are coaches/teachers, who play an even more important role than personal trainers, out of shape and falling down and unable to demonstrate movements being the role models for health fitness? The point is not for coaches/teachers to be professional athletes and bodybuilders. The point is coaches/teachers need to be true representatives of healthy, active lifestyle to impress upon their students the importance of exercise and making healthy choices.
Think about it, why did you become a teacher? Why did you become a PE teacher? Usually the answer is because someone made a positive impact on your life regarding sports or some athletic endeavor. Be a product of your product, which is imprinting lifelong healthy habits on your students. Less than .5% of kids become pro athletes, the rest of us have to learn and use exercise and nutrition information from what is taught in school. Be their role model and make the massive impact on the next generation of adults by letting your healthy actions speak louder than your words.
The benefits of long term athletic development and how Learn To Move Academy can help its application.
Long term athletic development is a relatively new philosophy in the United States, and our company, Learn To Move Academy, is new company that has incorporated the philosophy into a web based physical education program and cognitive improvement physical exercise program for seniors. My name is Matt Peale, and I am a partner, and the Sales Director for Learn To Move Academy. Our company is based in the New Orleans, LA, area and is founded on the principals of teaching fundamentals of movement to youth and seniors. We currently have a small customer base of elementary schools in our area who also believe in fundamentals of movement before sports specific skills.
Dr. Larry Meadors wrote an amazing article and the background to why we believe long term athletic development is sorely needed in schools. With childhood obesity on the rise due to inactivity, sports specialization at too early of an age increasing overuse injuries, and PE time being cut and/or dropped from schools, the importance of giving children a solid movement foundation is more critical than ever. The Canadian Sport for Life program provides the best model of a long term athletic development program and how to implement it.
In our experience of conducting professional development seminars for PE teachers in public and private schools, we have found great interest on how can this model be implemented. One of the best results teaching fundamental movements creates, is a greater self confidence in all kids regardless of their athletic talent. This confidence can create the foundation for a healthy, active lifestyle that extends beyond the sports playing years. How do you tackle the adult obesity problem, start with the next generation of adults in teaching them healthy, active habits.
As a personal trainer since 2008, I fully appreciate long term athletic development because I am teaching my clients these same principles as adults. Balance, stablility, linear & lateral agility, speed, coordination, strength, are all components of a fitness program. None of my clients are professional athletes or had the talent to become one, but they all have to learn healthy, active lifestyle habits. As I post every week about various topics related to long term athletic development, cognitive functions related to physical exercise, physical literacy, and so on, I hope you learn and investigate how you can improve the quality and length of your life.
The Pediatric Insider © 2016 Roy Benaroch, MD Daniel K. wrote in a one-line topic suggestion: “The professionalization of Youth Sports and stress level in children”. It’s a big problem – younger and younger children are being expected to behave like professional athletes. They specialize in one sport, train almost as much as a full-time […]