The following article is a guest post.
For parents who would love to see their kids start practicing a sport, they are probably riddled with tons of questions, such as when they should start sending their kid for training.
It is very important to foster a lifetime of fitness values and well-being in a child which will benefit them for the rest of their lives.
You probably come across organized training programs which say “improve your soccer skills” and such that you are eager for your child to enroll for. However, only a few of these programs ever list the proper age range of those which should register.
Muscle innervation in humans is completed when a child is between 6 and 7 years old. Around this age, the brain forms neural connections that connect to the muscular mechanism. After this, their optimization can finally begin, making it possible for children to do well in coordinated activities without difficulty, something which is very important in many team-based sports.
When your children reach the age of 10, 11, and 12, their reflexive motor patterns are finally conditioned and become relatively permanent. This proves that when you introduce adequate motor skills through sports between the time of muscle innervations and establishing permanent motor patterns, it can be of great advantage to kids who want to continually practicing a specific sport.
A lot of research supports the idea that 5 year olds can experience advantages from organized training.
However, while your neuromuscular system is ready to learn new skills at that young age, beginning an organized regimen requires an aspiring athlete to have adequate levels of mental, emotional and physical maturity.
This means that a child will now be able to follow directions, coaching cues on the field or court, and also be able to physically respond to these cues. These are some of the main characteristics that determine the right age for someone to enroll in an athletic training program.
Your child will benefit from a program that is designed to increase motor coordination, flexibility, aerobic capacity, and bone health.
On top of this, a child will easily develop exercise habits that will develop his/her lifestyle in the time to come. Therefore, it is important that an organized program be safe, appropriate for the development of your child’s age range, and also be engaging.
It must provide the child with a positive experience too. Parents feel hesitant because a lot of them have heard stories of inexperienced but overenthusiastic coaches who do not take the scientific and practical factors into account.
In the end, the dangerous activity leads to many emergency room visits and injuries on the field due to exercise sessions that are designed to stay fit for the real game.
A program must reassure parents on the quality of safe equipment as well.