At 5 years old she was hanging out with mom (a lacrosse coach) and running around the fields. She was exposed to martial arts, a few different sports, and even aerial acrobatics…all by age 10.
Now 11, this kid climbs, crawls, runs and jumps better than most kids twice her age. It’s not like she won the genetic lottery, although mom moves well. Her athleticism is more of a “natural development” thing.
Good stuff happens when kids are exposed and play multiple sports, we’ve known this for years. When we let ’em explore and play they develop naturally and are more likely to have a positive outlook toward physical activity.
Move Better, Play Better
When kids move better they’ll play better. When they learn how to move with efficiency and control their bodies they minimize the incidence of injury and maximize athletic potential regardless of age or skill level.
There are clubs and organizations around the world that are starting to adopt this way of athletic development, TPI is one. Parents complained when they saw their kids running, jumping, skipping and not playing golf. The case for less golf and more movement skills was, “we’re making athletes first, then golfers.”
If you’re interested in learning more or know a coach that might be, please pass this along. We’re introducing the Fit2Play Athletic Development Academy where we teach athletes the fundamental movement skills that underlie all athletic ability — we call this the Underpinning of Athleticism.
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