What is “Coordination Training” and why is it receiving attention?

2021.03.29

Have you heard of “coordination training” which is attracting attention as a type of sports training for children? It is said that children are not born talented at sports but athletic skills can be developed when children begin “coordination training” at an appropriate age. In this article, we will explain what “coordination training” is and its effects on children’s development.

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What is “coordination training”?

The effects of “coordination training”?

Coordination, which is said to be nurtured by “coordination training”, is the ability to move one’s body quickly and appropriately in response to commands from the brain. People who are well coordinated can move their bodies smoothly and are usually good at sports.

7 abilities that are developed with “coordination training”

“Coordination training” aims to develop the following seven skills. ① Discrimination Ability: Ability to move one’s limbs and props appropriately depending on the target (such as throwing a ball at a target)
② Localization Ability: Ability to grasp the positional relationship between oneself and another object or person (such being able to grasp the ball when it is falling)
③ Balance Ability: Ability to catch one’s balance when moving (such as when you are about to fall)
④ Rhythm Ability: Ability to adjust the timing of your movements to the rhythm (such as jumping rope)
⑤ Reaction Ability: Ability to react quickly to cues (such as running when the whistle blows)
⑥ Conversion Ability: Ability to switch back and forth according to changes (such as playing catch ball)
⑦ Connection Ability: Ability to synchronize one’s body movements in a timely manner (such as kicking, holding hands, and leaning forward)

What age should children start “coordination training”?

Since the child’s nervous system develops by the age of 12, it is best to start “coordination training” from early childhood before they begin full-scale sports competition. At the beginning, it is important for parents to incorporate play and make the training fun and try not to push their child too hard. Research shows that most top athletes did physical training for 2 hours or more every day during their childhood. It was this physical training that helped them develop their motor nerves and succeed in sports. In recent years, children are not given the opportunity to play in a safe and comfortable environment on a regular basis which has increased the need for “coordination training”.

Let’s enjoy “coordination training”!

Using a ladder to move the ball within the frame with good rhythm is an example of a popular “coordination training” activity. For younger children, throwing the ball up and clapping before catching it is another popular activity. It is important to choose fun activities that children will enjoy playing. Skipping rope, rock-paper-scissors, beanbag throw, bowling and mat exercises are suggestions of activities that can be done indoors.

It is a good idea for parents to let their children experience a variety of physical activities from a young age. Attending sports classes, preschool or mommy & me classes is a great way to expose children to exercise in a fun learning environment.

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