Children's sport: how it actually affects health

From what age do you give the child to the sport? What should I focus on when choosing a section? What is the threat of a modern early start? And is it worth it to choose a serious sport for your child? We sort out together with the expert.

For many parents, sport is still associated with health, they are convinced that the sooner their child begins to engage in them, the more beneficial it will affect his body. Alas, the current serious sport and even the first classes in sports sections for children have nothing to do with health. Quite the contrary.

Do as I do!

Modern sport is rapidly growing younger. In the serious sections of sports, rhythmic gymnastics, figure skating, the child, with pleasure, will accept, as soon as he turns 4 years old. Yes, such babies still do not know much, but they do not realize the danger of some difficult and sometimes dangerous elements, so they easily go for their implementation. And it's easy to train such trainers "for themselves" and teach them to obey.

In sports sections, the game form of classes - and this is the only correct form of any training for children under the age of 6 - is absent. This is not a kindergarten. Rather, modern sports sections, with a claim to the results and the promotion of students to the heights of sports, can be compared with the Suvorov school. This is a strict discipline designed to develop purposefulness, team action, heavy - not by years, load. All of the above causes a great harm to the health of the child, including, of course, his nervous system. Depending on the nature, in some kids strict discipline suppresses the individuality, while in others the leadership qualities are progressing. In addition, a child who began to play sports early, as a rule, is no longer interested in anything else. We can say that in the sections there is a kind of zombification, where the guys have only one goal - to achieve the result.

Athlete! But not an excellent student

For children spending their childhood in sections, it is characterized by distracted attention, constant fatigue, and the constant muscle overload worsens the blood supply to the brain, since all the blood goes to the restoration of muscle tissue. As a result, such young athletes can then be difficult to switch to school, because of weak blood supply to the brain, they learn worse than others. Contrary to popular belief, that in order to stop the child from falling ill often, it must be given to sports, classes in sections provoke increased fatigue and regular colds. And no wonder the kid lives in a state of permanent overload, and his immunity falls.

And how many children's injuries occur in sports sections! How many female athletes slowed the process of maturation and there are no monthly ones! And in fact for the health they give the majority of their parents to the sport of their children. Parents should understand that working in one sporting direction is narrow, primitive and, in the overwhelming majority of cases, unpromising. And not only in respect of a small number of medals being played, but, first of all, with respect to health. It's no secret that for many young athletes the career ends very early, precisely because of injuries or even disability. And for this it is not necessary to break your back, you can just fall on it regularly. For specialists it is obvious that the early start of a career always shortens the lifespan of an athlete and makes his results not so progressive.

First to the doctor

If the parents, despite everything, nevertheless made the decision to give the child to the sport, he needs a medical examination. If that circle, where you give the child, bears the name of the sports section, there must be an examination of the doctor. If you do not offer this in your section, just do not stay there.

To understand whether the child is ready for sports loads, he must be checked by heart, pulmonary system, musculoskeletal system. If the baby has hidden heart problems, which with age, perhaps, will simply survive, then, often, the sport provokes them. Up to the early deaths due to sudden cardiac arrest.

And not only because of health, but also in order to avoid disappointments in the future, you need to see a doctor. Here, for example, badminton. From the point of view of the layman, the sport is light, frivolous and not at all traumatic. However, with an undiagnosed flat foot, the young athlete will never achieve good results in this sport, no matter how hard he tries. The fact is that with flat feet, his ligaments and muscles do not work, the child simply is not able to jump fast enough and high, which is extremely important in badminton. Avoid disappointment in the future, you can consult a doctor and immediately exclude certain sports.

Replica of the topic:

Svetlana Zhurova, Olympic champion (speed skating), a deputy of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of Russia and mother of two sons: "Today it is customary to start early, too early specialization: in figure skating, in hockey. Trainers are smarter, those who know children's physiology, devote a lot of time to PFT. But not all. On the other hand, there are also parents who, for the most part, do not understand anything at all about this, and only see that they gave the child to hockey, and instead of hitting the ice washer, they are doing some exercises in the hall . But this is the most correct way to sport. I believe that in any sport the first year should be dedicated to the PFD, plus a soft entry into the sport, acquaintance with it. I think, this can be argued by coaches who are involved in the early introduction of children into the sport. But abroad, if to compare, they begin to engage in sports not as early as we do. And the results are not worse. "

Sports that are obviously harmful to health at any age

All asymmetric types: tennis, badminton, high jumps, javelin throwing, etc. When practicing these sports, one part of the body underdevelops at the expense of the other. Although coaches offer compensating exercises, this does not help. Underdevelopment of one half of the body leads to scoliosis, in posture disorders, early osteochondrosis and rapid traumatization. And this, by the way, applies not only to children, but also to adults.

Rowing is harmful for posture, provokes back problems due to severe spinal overload, especially in the lumbar region. Despite, it would seem, more or less healthy movements back and forth, there is an overabundance of the upper body and underdevelopment of the lower one. A rower, a young athlete, is forced to sit all the time, which is extremely harmful for the back. In addition, stagnation and varicose veins of the pelvic organs. Plus, hypothermia in the cold period of time, as the rowing athletes from early spring and until the fall fall on open water.

Struggle, such as Greco-Roman, when there is contact of the floor with the head. With such movements, the cervical and thoracic parts of the spine are severely injured, which leads to deformation of the posture and the whole body.

Boxing, because of regular concussion.

Gymnastics, acrobatics, jumping in the water are very traumatic sports and, because of the numerous flips and somersaults, leading to the inhibition of growth.

Figure skating is unacceptable because of jumping on such a hard surface as ice. But calm skating in the open air on the contrary is very useful, because it is like walking. The main thing is to fall less on hard and cold ice. But even with ordinary skating, you should not hurry, it's ideal to put the baby on skates after 6 years when the foot is formed.

Ballroom dancing, by the way, is also an asymmetric load - partners constantly make movements only in one particular direction, stretching one hand to the side. Scoliosis is forming.

Ballet - because of the many constant jumps there is a strong shock load, usually on one leg. The same applies to rhythmic gymnastics and everything where one-sided twine or jumps are used.

All exercises where there is a one-sided work of the legs: twine on the right foot, a jump in height through the right foot, they all lead to the formation of an incorrect scoliotic posture. Well, the athlete can not go up in height, achieving the result, but, thinking about health, jump on the left, then on the right foot! He will always jump only on some one, comfortable.

Also harmful to health are all exercises where squatting with the bar is necessary, which is widely practiced by trainers in track and field athletics, practicing with children a quick, powerful start. This is a prohibited movement for children.

Typical diseases that occur over time in all athletes.

Osteochondrosis, herniated intervertebral discs, protrusions, shoulder-scapular arthritis, bronchitis, myopia (decreased vision). To guarantee to earn these diseases, it is enough to study one kind of serious sport for ten years. To avoid problems, the best option is to engage in a particular sport for no longer than two years.

Before you write down your child in the sports section, parents should honestly answer themselves to the question: what do they want as a result for him - medals or health. Because - either one or the other.

In addition to serious sport, there are many other physical activities in life that are beneficial to the health of both children and adults. About them - in the next article.

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