As a parent, teacher, coach or role model, the most important step is creating a positive environment that focuses on fun and building the basic movement skills before sport specific skills. Since not all kids are innately active creatures, some need more encouragement than others to get up and get moving. Increasing physical activity in kids is about finding creative ways to get moving that work for your family and your busy lifestyle. Physical activity does not have to be complicated or costly to be effective.
From a very early age, kids use exploratory movements to build the pathways between the brain and the body, which aids the development of basic motor skills. Just like the reader who strengthens her skills through practice, children build motor patterns by combining agility, coordination, balance, and body awareness; the more they practice, the more mature these motor skills become.
This guest post was written by our good friend Josh Billings, PT, MPT, and the Medstar Sports Medicine Running Program Coordinator and Regional Director.
As a healthcare leader in the Baltimore/DC region, MedStar Sports Medicine proudly makes significant investments in programs that help build stronger and healthier communities. Many people recognize MedStar Sports Medicine as the medical team of the pros (Ravens, Orioles, Capitals, Wizards, DC United) as well as the majority of our local college athletic programs (UMBC, Towson U., Loyola U., Morgan State, Coppin State, Stevenson, Goucher, CCBC), but the grand majority of athletes we work with are adult recreational athletes (weekend warriors) and kids.