It’s no secret that movement is life. And that is why it is so important to ensure at least minimal physical activity, and even better to go in for sports. And many parents, caring for their children, already at an early age begin to think about sending their child to the sports section. But for training to be beneficial, it is important to choose the right sport.
What to consider when choosing?
So, what to look for when choosing the right sports section?
- One of the most important selection criteria is health status. In general, even in the presence of chronic and very serious diseases, physical activity is not contraindicated, but they should be selected taking into account the existing restrictions. For example, in case of bronchial asthma, sports involving increased activity, such as running, athletics, tennis, are contraindicated. But it is quite possible to do weightlifting, wrestling and even swimming. In case of diseases of the musculoskeletal system, preference should be given to sports areas in which a large load will not be placed on the joints. Before choosing a section, be sure to show the child to the pediatrician. It is also advisable to examine the baby in order to accurately identify contraindications.
- Age is also very important. For example, there are not many sections for babies from three years old. In addition, at this age, the child is still not strong enough and is probably not ready for stress. But children from 4-5 years old are taken to a variety of sports, this period is considered the most suitable.
- The weight. If the child is overweight, do not think that active sports will help him lose weight. On the contrary, obese children are usually clumsy, passive and inactive, so it will be difficult for them to maintain a rhythm of training. In addition, the child will lag behind others, which can lead to the development of an inferiority complex.
- Growth. It is clear that it makes no sense to send a short child to the basketball section.
- Temperament. If a child is active, impatient and very mobile, then he will not be able to play sports that require increased concentration of attention, constant training and performing the same exercises. But such a kid will definitely prove himself in team sports, where such qualities are not only acceptable, but also welcome.
- Character. If a child has leadership qualities and is an individualist, then team sports are definitely not suitable. But single species will be more than appropriate. The child will be able to improve, strive for the ideal and achieve success.
- Hobbies and interests. Pay attention to what your child is interested in, what activities give him pleasure. So, if he visits sports grounds every day and is engaged on horizontal bars, then he will certainly be able to prove himself in acrobatics or gymnastics. If his favorite game is tagging (catch-up), then he can become a famous runner.
- Inclinations, abilities and talents. To identify them, you need to spend as much time with your child as possible. Go for a walk with him, talk more, offer different entertainment and activities. You can reveal talent even during games. For example, if a toddler is skilled with the ball, he is likely to be able to become a basketball, volleyball or soccer player.
- The desires of the child. But this criterion applies, rather, to older children, since very little ones often do not know what they like and have absolutely no idea about certain sports. So, the kid could see the performance of gymnasts on TV and become interested. But at the same time, it is not at all necessary that he himself will be happy to do it. And in order to understand what the child really likes and succeeds in, you can sign him up for trial lessons in different sections and track his reaction.
What to choose?
There are a variety of sports sections for children. But how to choose the one that suits and pleases the child? To do this, it is worthwhile to learn in more detail about each of the most common sports.
- Swimming. This is a versatile and very useful sport that strengthens the immune system and normalizes the functioning of all important systems. If you are worried that your daughter’s figure will deteriorate due to training, then just do not try to make her a professional athlete. Two workouts a week will be enough.
- Gymnastics is more suitable for girls, as it improves shape and posture, develops grace, flexibility and agility. But there is a risk of injury, it is worth remembering this.
- Strength sports are ideal for a teenager. They are accepted into such sections from about 8-10 years old. Classes increase endurance and strength, strengthen the body and spirit.
- Wrestling is, of course, more of a male sport that develops reaction, endurance, coordination of movements, strength and even logical thinking.
- Team sports (basketball, volleyball, football, and so on) help the child undergo social adaptation and learn to interact with people and work in a team, as well as train logical thinking and reaction.
- Athletics will help improve the functioning of the cardiovascular and respiratory systems, but this kind of sport is simply not interesting for most children.
- Figure skating is considered a women’s sport, but men can also do it. It’s beautiful, but incredibly difficult and very traumatic.
- Skiing will undoubtedly improve health, but not everyone can do it fully and professionally, which is associated with the need for special climatic conditions and a rather high cost.
- Tennis improves reaction, coordination of movements, and also develops the will to win. But this kind of sport can be called expensive.
How to choose a specific sports club?
Choosing the right sport is only half the battle, as it is important to choose a specific sports club. Here are some things to keep in mind:
- Location. It is advisable to give preference to a club located not too far from home, otherwise the child will spend too much time on the road.
- Pay special attention to choosing a trainer. Firstly, he must be an experienced professional, and secondly, he must be able to find an approach to his charges and motivate them.
- Be sure to study the reviews about the institution, they can also be useful.
- Status. So, if you plan to make a real professional athlete out of your child, then choose a club that provides full training.
Good luck in your choice and success for your baby!