KidFit – Physio exercise class for kids
KidFit is a fun, 8 week, progressive exercise program for kids aged approximately 8-12. KidFit promotes motor development, coordination, core control, balance, strength and flexibility. It is tailored specifically for children, so whilst being physiotherapist structured and lead, it is still enjoyable and social! Let physio Elaine explain.
At Vital Core, we understand children may be sportspeople, but they are not merely small adults. As such adult exercises aren’t necessarily what they need most. At Vital Core we understand that children’s bones, muscles, tendons, and ligaments, as well as their brains are constantly growing, maturing and therefore changing. We understand this can make a child at times seem a bit more clumsy or a bit more susceptible to injury as they are learning how to use their ever-changing body.
Mental and physical maturity of young athletes of the same age can differ greatly. Some youngsters may be physically less mature than their peers, yet want to perform at levels for which their bodies are just not ready for. Here at Vital Core, KidFit will bring help them up to speed with their peers so that they aren’t on the sidelines with injury or being frustrated that they aren’t at the same level.
Young sportspeople need proper training for sports. They should be encouraged to train FOR the sport rather than expecting the sport itself to get them into shape. Many injuries can be prevented if children engage in exercises designed specifically for their sport. Sports requiring a lot of running, jumping and changing direction, need good glute and calf strength, core control, balance and reaction speeds. These are the skills we focus on during KidFit.
KidFit is also designed to help manage loading around a child’s growth plate through their development. Growth plates are the areas of developing cartilage where bone growth occurs in children. The growth plates are weaker than the nearby ligaments and tendons and are susceptible to irritation with impact activities. Common growth plate injuries in children are Severe’s disease and Osgood Schlatters Disease. Both of these conditions can be very painful and can result in a decrease in sport participation.
Benefits of KidFit?
- Improved skeletal health – it is a key life phase for bone density.
- Increased muscular strength, endurance and power
- Improved general and specific coordination
- Improved balance and reflexes
- Improved body awareness
- Positive mental health through self confidence.
- Increased cardiovascular endurance
- Reduction in sport-related injuries through better brain-body connection as well as a better coordinated movement.
How does KidFit work?
KidFit is a circuit based progressive exercise class over 8 weeks that runs concurrently with the school term. This means it can fit in as an adjunct with their current extracurricular activities as well as all the other things are youngsters are up to!
It is specifically for kids who lack balance, control or body awareness. It’s also for those kids who need a little help to get their bodies ready for sport. However, it is also appropriate for the very athletic child who may be a bit stiff and tight and wants to prevent or rehabilitate injuries. Regardless of why, KidFit is a fun, supportive and comfortable environment for kids to learn to move better.
Call us up at Vital Core to book your child’s place in KidFit for the upcoming term so we can keep our youngsters moving and healthy!