Stretching exercises are extremely important for enhancing the flexibility and strength of the kid’s body. However, they should be very careful while performing these exercises as they have delicate organs. Wrong methods can lead to several problems, such as, muscle tear, sprain, bone defects, etc.
Importance For Stretching Exercises For Kids Are As Follows
Warm Muscle Stretching
All of us are aware of the fact that stretching exercises are important before performing any sport or gymnastics. However, the kids should definitely practice some warm-up exercises before performing the stretches. This is highly recommended as cold muscle stretches can lead to muscle pull and hinder flexibility.
Certain warm-up exercises like running, jogging, skipping, step-ups, etc. are very useful for enhancing blood circulation and thus, make the muscles warm. They can even practice these exercises at the end of the daily workout session.
Most of the children basically make one common mistake, i.e. practice improper breathing. They generally inhale and exhale at any time during the exercises or hold their breathing without even knowing the proper techniques. The kids should practice free breathing very deeply and slowly in order to reduce muscle tension while stretching.
Slow And Controlled Stretch
The kids should always perform slow and controlled stretching. Thus, it is extremely important to take enough time in order to complete each and every stretch.
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They should even remain in their stretching position for about 15-20 seconds. Rapid motions and sudden jerks should be avoided as they can lead to severe injuries of their organs and tissues.
Floor In Stretching
Kids are not that well acquainted with the stretching techniques and are not able to maintain proper balance and position. They should, therefore, use the floor for support at the beginning. Thus, seated stretching exercises are most suitable for their petite structures.
Full Body Stretch
Full body stretches are highly recommended for the growing kids. It is, most of the time, seen that more emphasis is given on the specific organs that are generally used by the kids.
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For example, a child engaged in any sport’s activity mostly stretches his or her arms and legs. It is even noticed that a right hander does not stretch his or her left hand side body parts to the fullest. This is absolutely wrong. The kids should stretch all their body parts, such as, arms, legs, shoulders, back, waist, hips, etc.
Some Important Stretching Tips For Kids
They should never practice stretching exercises if their palms and feet are wet, sweaty or oily. They might slip and fall and badly hurt their muscles or bones. The kids should not practice certain athletic stretches like isometric stretches and proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation.
These types of exercises require high bone and muscles strength and thus, cannot be tolerated by the kid’s fragile body. They should always practice stretching under the guidance of a professional trainer.
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