Stretching for Kids – A Guide:
Kids are blessed. Whilst they’re young their soft tissues (muscles, ligaments, tendons, skin) have more elasticity along with a higher water content than adults. This is one of the principal reasons that by and large children are somewhat more flexible than their parents! However, there are times when their rate of growth is so remarkable that their exceptionally elastic tissues are pushed beyond their abilities. It is then that a stretching programme comes into its own, and can prevent specific ‘growth’ injuries from occurring, including Osgood Schlatter’s and Sever’s disease.
When should a kid extend?
Normally reaches should be used as a portion of a well balanced training programme. Listen to your sports coaches as they ought to know abilities and the physical needs demanded and should have special knowledge of your kid’s sport. So they need to understand which regions need more strength and which muscles and regions need to be flexible.
Now there are 2 fundamental reasons for stretching:
1. One is maintain the span of tissue and prepare it for competition e.g. as part of a warm-up routine.
2. Secondly to increase the flexibility of your tissues and range of movement of your joints
These so need very different types of stretching and are quite different jobs.
And very significantly…
The should never be used jointly in an athletic scenario in the same time
There are different stretches for every job, and the should not be replaced for each other. Each stretches type has a certain goal and method that’s unique. This may often be achieved by increasing the body temperature using a light jog beforehand and wearing warm clothing.
Obviously this isn’t unnecessary if your stretching is part of a cool- down programme, but it will be crucial as part of a warm-up routine.
Sylvia Harvey a physiotherapist that is renowned in NWS has over 15 years of clinical expertise, working in private practice in the United Kingdom South Africa and Australia. Her aim is to not only alleviate your pain, but to treat the underlying cause, preventing the recurrence of your discomfort. Sylvia is especially empathetic towards the requirements mothers, because she has two young daughters.