"Functional Movement For Kids"
The timing couldn't’t be better if you have kids or grandchildren playing in any type of sports activities. Enrolling them in a functional fitness training program will excel them in all their activities.
It is important to have your child screened for physical limitations and faulty movement patterns by a certified fitness professional first. Correcting these limitations and reinforcing proper movement is the number one priority and will also help reduce injuries.
A proper Junior Workout Program will cover: flexibility, balance, core stability, strength, power and cardio vascular training. Focusing on your child’s “development windows” of growth stages is the main objective in these programs. Once a child grows out of these “windows” the opportunity to reclaim and retrain the above-mentioned categories at its highest potential is gone forever.
U.S. health fitness experts recommend that kids engage in moderate-to-vigorous physical activity for at least 60 minutes daily.
Today the majority of kids and adults are spiraling downward into a very deep and dark hole of not activating their basic muscular system or neuromuscular system but in fact disconnecting their kinetic chain of strength. These dynamics control our biomechanical sequencing for functional daily movement, playing sports and other activities.
Here is an example of some quick sprint exercises to help your child:
Shuttles: place 2 markers five yards directly parallel from each other on a safe ground area. Run back and forth touching one maker with the outside hand then racing back to touch the other marker. Sprint for 60 seconds as fast as you can safely. Repeat 3 times with a 60 second break in between. Rest 2 min’s then repeat.
25-25-25: Perform 25 Jumping Jacks, 25 Seal Jacks (Jumping Jack arms extended go back and forth– clap in front) and 25 Sagittal-Plane Swings (hands and arms swing up & down opposite sides and direction, legs swing back & forth in opposite directions too.)
Heel Walks: Try walking around with your toes off the ground pointed up. 3 sets, each for 10 seconds, rest 10 seconds in between sets.
Article by, Sidney Silver: TPI Golf Medical & Golf Fitness expert. www.SilverSportsTherapy.com (415) 932-6775