As the age ceiling for competitive sports continues to get lower, the question of “how young is too young to begin focused training programs” arises.
While there are two sides to every question, it all comes down to medical and scientific data, as well as the fact that no two people are alike.
Physical maturity levels differ based on each person – this is especially true in middle and high school arenas. Just look at freshmen during tryouts: they will run the gamut from gangly, uncoordinated youngsters to extremely coordinated and physically developed athletic specimens.
While the ages for high school freshmen, for example, typically are no more than a few months apart, the maturity from person to person can be radically different.
For this reason, determining an athlete’s readiness to take on a workout program needs to be case by case, with consideration for the overall age of the person involved.
Letting Kids be Kids
We have all seen it: first, second, and third graders (just to name a few) dragged to athletic events by overzealous parents, all determined to turn their son or daughter into the next Michael Jordan or Tiger Woods.
While there is nothing intrinsically wrong with kids being involved in athletics at such tender ages, the question needs to be asked: are the potential risks worth it?
There is a difference between moderate, age-appropriate activity and intense physical workouts that stretch the limits of what tine, growing bodies can and should take on.
The possibility for debilitating injury is great when muscles, joints, and bones are still forming and growing, so if you are serious about your young one taking on a serious workout program, be sure to consult with a doctor to make sure that they are physically up to the challenge.
Perfect Practice Makes Perfect
The phrase “practice makes perfect” is flawed, since the truth is that it takes more than just plain old repetition to ensure greatness down the line.
If what is being practiced is mechanically incorrect, for example, all that will happen is the cementing of incorrect muscle memory and practices into a young body.
In all actuality, it takes PERFECT practice to program the body to do something correctly in a repeated manner.
There is no reason why a young child cannot be taught to correctly jump –in fact, since they have no prior bad habits of poor mechanics to break, there is a very good argument for starting kids out with vertical jump training early in life, in an effort to instill proper technique and procedures to help them maximize their success later in life.
An Investment in the Future
The difficult thing about determining a “proper” age to begin athletic training lies along the fine line between what the child really wants and what they are truly physically ready to take on.
As parents, coaches, and trainers, it is the responsibility of the adult to help accurately assess a child’s readiness emotionally, mentally, and physically to take on something that will test the limits of their body.
If kids show a genuine interest in athletics and jump training, then it may very well be an activity that is a positive investment into their future.
Medically speaking, if the exercise is closely monitored, carefully taught, and adequately mixed with rest and nutrition, then jump training can safely be utilized at almost any age.
The Jump Manual is a unique, scientifically-based, how-to manual that gives you the edge when it comes to achieving maximum vertical jump and quickness.
It is not a magic solution; jumping higher takes hard work, discipline, focus, and drive. It is, however, a road map that will help you realize your full potential and reach your vertical jump goals, guaranteed.