Figure skating is very beautiful, but only from the outside. In fact, this kind of sport is considered one of the most difficult. Is it worth giving your child to figure skating?
Should I send my child to this sport?
How to understand that a child can become a professional and successful skater:
- The kid is agile, active and attentive.
- The child has a sense of rhythm.
- The child is showing interest in figure skating.
- The child does not suffer from frequent colds.
- The child is not afraid of the cold and feels great in the winter season.
When is figure skating not suitable?
- The child has weak joints or bones.
- Frequent colds, reduced immunity.
- The child does not like winter, experiences severe discomfort in the cold.
- The kid is clumsy, slow, passive.
- The presence of chronic diseases.
- Reluctance to go figure skating.
Advantages and disadvantages
First, let’s list the advantages of figure skating classes:
- They make the child more collected and responsible, discipline him, and this is useful in life.
- Figure skating is especially useful for a girl. She will become more graceful, slender.
- Figure skating is an incredibly beautiful and spectacular sport.
- Since this sport is included in the Olympic list, the child will definitely have where to strive, and this increases the effectiveness of training.
- Many parents think about the future of their children. And if you are one of them, then you will probably be interested to know that the salaries of professional and successful skaters are quite high.
- Figure skating for children is also useful because it improves health. So, regular training will increase immunity, normalize the work of the respiratory, nervous and cardiovascular systems, as well as the musculoskeletal system. Children involved in this sport are much less likely to get colds and respiratory diseases, which is associated with the special microclimate of the rink.
- Diversified development. Exercise increases endurance, reaction speed, concentration, strength and dexterity, and improves the functioning of the vestibular apparatus. And all this will come in handy both in study and in later life.
Now the disadvantages:
- Perhaps most significant for many parents is the increased risk of injury. The most common are sprains and bruises, but concussions and fractures are also common.
- It is believed that this sport is not suitable for a boy. So, he can be teased at school. Unfortunately, this is quite common in the modern world.
- High costs. Yes, parents will have to buy expensive skates and costumes, and quite often, because children grow up very quickly. In addition, you will need to pay for the sharpening of skates, as well as travel to other cities for competitions.
- Big competition. It usually reaches its peak in adolescence, since at this stage, hormonal changes occur in children and great ambitions, the desire for perfection and the desire to be the best appear. And competition is associated with strong tension and constant stress, which is not very useful for a growing body.
- Since the temperature on the rink is low, colds and some other diseases may occur.
- Figure skating is a colossal workload, especially if you want your child to take part in important competitions and achieve certain success. You will have to do a lot. If the child is not ready for this, then it will not be possible to achieve results. But the readiness of the parents is also important, since it is they who must tune the child, guide him on the true path and constantly support.
- If a child begins to engage in this sport professionally, then his school performance will almost inevitably decrease, since there will be catastrophically little time left for classes.
- Many people believe that sports practically deprive a child of childhood. This is partly true, because he will not have time for simple entertainment available to everyone.
When to send a child to figure skating?
What is the best age to start figure skating? It all depends on the characteristics of the child and the goals of the parents. So, if dad and mom just want to provide the child with diversified development, improve his health and fitness, then you can enroll him in the section at almost any age.
If the parents are tuned in to professional sports and plan to make a champion out of the baby, then it is worth starting classes at 4.5-5 years old. In any case, coaches think the deadline is seven years. But it is worth reiterating that it is never too late to start exercising for pleasure. And a truly talented child can become a champion in just a few years.
What will be required for the classes?
So what will it take to train?
- Skates. They must be of high quality, otherwise the child will be extremely uncomfortable to study, and the risk of injury will significantly increase. It is advisable to consult with a trainer before buying.
- Clothing. For the first year of training, it is not necessary to purchase professional suits, but they will be required later, when the child begins to take part in competitions. In the meantime, buy an insulated tracksuit, a vest or windbreaker, and a light hat. All clothes should be comfortable!
How are the lessons going?
How is figure skating training going? For the first year, babies are engaged two or three times a week. In this case, the lesson begins with general training, which includes choreography, warm-up, mastering the basic movements. This part lasts about 30-45 minutes. Then training begins directly on the ice. Its duration is also approximately 30-45 minutes.
If the coach saw the potential in the child, then, most likely, the classes will move to a new level. The child will immediately go out on the ice and practice there for an hour and a half. The frequency of training will increase, it can reach up to 5-7 workouts per week. And in the period of preparation for the competition, classes can even be held twice a day.
A few tips for parents:
- Weigh the pros and cons carefully.
- Be sure to take into account the opinion of the child himself. If he doesn’t want to do figure skating, it’s not worth making him do it, nothing good will come of it.
- It is important to see talent in the child in time and notice the prerequisites, so watch it carefully.
- If your toddler is in doubt, sign him up for a few trial sessions.
- Don’t worry if your child refuses to do figure skating after a year of training. It happens.
- It is important to find a truly experienced coach.
- Listen to your coach. If he does not see talent in the child, then you should not try to make a champion out of the kid by any means.
Good luck to your young athlete!