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Physical activity is not only something your child needs, but it is also a habit that your child should incorporate into their lives at an early age. While running around the house can be considered physical activity, it is best to integrate proper exercise into your child’s life. The question is, at what age can certain sports be played? In this article, we’ll introduce the different sports your child can play according to their age.
Ages 2 to 5
At the age between 2-5, toddlers and preschoolers are starting to have sufficient control over their movements. While most toddlers will not be old enough to understand organized sports, there are some sports they can play to understand the basics, help their muscle movement improve, and develop an attachment and love for the habit rather than the sport. Otherwise, free play and unstructured sports are recommended during this age.
Here are some of the sports children aged 2-5 can start to play:
- Hopping, skipping, and jumping
- Throwing and catching
- Riding a bicycle
- Gymnastics for beginners to build a love and an enthusiasm for it
- Ballet for beginners to build a love and enthusiasm for it
- Water ballet
- Horse riding
Ages 6 to 9
Because a child’s abilities develop as they grow older, they can start to follow directions, have improved motor coordination and skills, as well as better vision. This can help their ability to participate in certain sports.
Sports and activities that may be appropriate for this age group include:
- Martial arts
- Jumping rope
- Water polo
Carefully supervised strength training is okay starting ages 7- 8 if the child is motivated. However, make sure that the focus should be on proper technique and movement.
Ages 10 to 12
When children turn 10, they are aware of the sports they’re good at and passionate about and can start to take on more complex sports. That’s why children can pick a sport they like and dedicate their time, energy, and efforts towards it regardless of whether it is football, basketball, hockey, or volleyball.
Whatever sports your child participates in, ensure that he or she has a foundation of proper technique and movement.
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