We know that physical activity is good for children. But what about more advanced physical activity? The notion of training? Competitions?
BEFORE AGE 7: PHYSICAL ACTIVITY RATHER THAN SPORT
For young children (aged 1 to 7 years), the idea is above all to burn off energy : playing in the park, improvising a dance show, using a scooter to get to school…
Nevertheless, by adapting the activity to the child's abilities, sport can be started at around 5 or 6 years old.
7 YEARS, A GENERALLY ACCEPTED AGE TO START SPORT
The age of wisdom?
That of the notion of balance, coordination, or above all strength...
FROM 8 TO 12 YEARS: IMPROVEMENT
After this introductory stage, a child aged 8 to 12 can look at improving, and maybe even competing.
Nevertheless, it's important to include a warm-up (before activity), as well as stretches and recovery (after activity).
No matter how agile and keen they are (to get on a judo mat, jump on a pony or show off their new dance routine), children can still get injured.
Whatever the child's age, it is also important to take them to the osteopath regularly for a check-up, to ensure that their development and posture are on the right track. A good way of keeping your child healthy and limiting future physical problems in adulthood…