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Balance is More Important Than You May Realize

Why exactly is balance considered an important athletic skill?  How can it be improved?  Stack.com shares some very interesting insights.  Keep in mind that “balance refers to the ability to maintain equilibrium in relation to the force of gravity”.  There are two types of balance:

  • Static balance – the ability to maintain equilibrium while being still
  • Dynamic balance – the ability to maintain equilibrium while being in motion

Balance could be considered a foundational skill that other forms of movement develop from.  Balance is connected to other cornerstone basic movement skills like running, jumping, twisting, rotating, etc., which are all intrinsic to many sports skills.  Balance is intergral to sports skills, so when should you train young athletes?  Youth training expert Józef Drabik suggests balance training for:

  • Boys at 10-11 years of age
  • Girls at  ages 9-10 for girls

Most often children can continue developing balance throughout pre-adolescence into early adolescence. even though balance reaches maturity at around the ages of 12-14.

Before dashing into formalized balance training, consider simple activities that support the development of balance such as:

  • playing at the playground
  • riding a bike
  • roller skating
  • swimming
  • skiing
  • ice skating

And here are some forms of balance that you can train for:

  • Supporting balance
  • Rolling/Rotational/Falling Balance
  • Gliding/Sliding/Cutting Balance
  • Air balance

Incorporate activities that develop balancing skills in the early stages and as your child matures, do consider looking into ways to improve and strengthen balancing abilities.

For detailed information on balance training and exercises:  How to Develop Better Athletic Balance

Check out:  Future Stars Basketball Camp

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