Are Kids’ Sports Appropriate for Preschoolers

 

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The answer is, maybe. There are some factors you need to consider when deciding if sports are the right choice for your child at this time. These factors include: Age. Some kids’ sports programs start enrolling children as young as age 2 or 3, while others have a minimum age of at least 5.

Toddlers who participate in organised sports typically don’t gain any long-term advantage in terms of future sports performance, says the Mayo Clinic. At this age unstructured free play is usually. Sports suitable for children aged 3-6 are: 1. Dancing: Dance is beneficial to body flexibility, posture, coordination, and even the cultivation of the whole person’s temperament.

However, it’s better to start dancing at the age of 5 years and above. Too young children’s bones are not fully developed and may even cause permanent damage. Some fun starter sports for children under the age of 5 that Miller recommends include: Gymnastics. Swimming. Biking.

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23. Basically, children under the age of six do not have the ability to engage in organized sports such as soccer. In this age range, we recommend exercises like running and swimming. Generally speaking, sports for this age group are suitable for having little techniques and at the same time creating great pleasure in children.

Ideas for a preschool theme week about sports. Crafts, learning activities, gross motor, fine motor, science, math, picture books, snacks, music, and. “Studies have shown that kids who take sports and exercise classes as preschoolers are no more likely to be involved in high school sports than kids who don’t.” In fact, free play (at the playground, in the backyard or basement with a ball) may be even more beneficial, she says.

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If children have been correctly introduced to activity and sport throughout the Active Start, FUNdamentals, and Learn to Train stages, they will have the necessary motor skills and confidence to remain active for life in virtually any sport they choose.

“Long-Term Athlete Development” by Istvan Balyi, Richard Way, Colin Higgs
from Long-Term Athlete Development
by Istvan Balyi, Richard Way, Colin Higgs
Human Kinetics, Incorporated, 2013

However, parents, teachers, and coaches must remember that although children this age are large and appear strong, they may not be ready for strenuous competitive athletics.

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Children should be prepared for the sport, especially if it requires strenuous or continuous physical exertion.

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from Wong’s Essentials of Pediatric Nursing: Second South Asian Edition
by A. Judie
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2018

While the standard national PE curriculum covered structured lessons like athletics, games and gymnastics, it is a prevalent practice that these structured lessons are sometimes substituted with a ‘free play’ period.

“Enhancing Health and Sports Performance by Design: Proceedings of the 2019 Movement, Health & Exercise (MoHE) and International Sports Science Conference (ISSC)” by Mohd Hasnun Arif Hassan, Ahmad Munir Che Muhamed, Nur Fahriza Mohd Ali, Denise Koh Choon Lian, Kok Lian Yee, Nik Shanita Safii, Sarina Md Yusof, Nor Farah Mohamad Fauzi
from Enhancing Health and Sports Performance by Design: Proceedings of the 2019 Movement, Health & Exercise (MoHE) and International Sports Science Conference (ISSC)
by Mohd Hasnun Arif Hassan, Ahmad Munir Che Muhamed, et. al.
Springer Singapore, 2020

Given that young children are much more active during play periods, multiple outdoor, and indoor activity when space is available (e.g., gross motor activity room, gymnasium), may be critically important for children’s increased opportunities for and participation in moderate-to-vigorous physical activity.

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from Handbook of Early Childhood Special Education
by Brian Reichow, Brian A. Boyd, et. al.
Springer International Publishing, 2016

Although some centers discourage contact sports, most children can participate in age-appropriate activities as they develop greater endurance and fitness, such as soccer, softball, basketball, bicycling, skating, swimming, dancing, and gymnastics.

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from Primary Care of the Child With a Chronic Condition E-Book
by Patricia Jackson Allen, Judith A. Vessey, Naomi Schapiro
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2009

Absolutely—it’s taking all your typical activities and turning them into back-and-forth play and teaching opportunities that your child can absorb.

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from An Early Start for Your Child with Autism: Using Everyday Activities to Help Kids Connect, Communicate, and Learn
by Sally J. Rogers, Geraldine Dawson, Laurie A. Vismara
Guilford Publications, 2012

In the summer, activities such as swimming, walking, baseball, and swinging are not only good for your child’s physical development, they also relieve tension, give him fresh air, and build coordination and strength.

“Discipline Without Shouting or Spanking: Practical Solutions to the Most Common Preschool Behavior Problems” by Jerry Wyckoff, PhD, Barbara C. Unell
from Discipline Without Shouting or Spanking: Practical Solutions to the Most Common Preschool Behavior Problems
by Jerry Wyckoff, PhD, Barbara C. Unell
Meadowbrook, 2010

Competitive sports aren’t needed and may not be appropriate for some kids; they can create unnecessary pressure and take the fun away.

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from American Dietetic Association Complete Food and Nutrition Guide, Revised and Updated 4th Edition
by Roberta Larson Duyff
HMH Books, 2012

You should avoid overcoaching; however, children should be allowed to engage in a small amount of deliberate practice across different sports so that they learn fundamental movement skills that are transferable across sports.

“Applying Educational Psychology in Coaching Athletes” by Jeffrey J. Huber
from Applying Educational Psychology in Coaching Athletes
by Jeffrey J. Huber
Human Kinetics, Incorporated, 2012

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