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Winter Sports For Kids

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Staying active and involved in sports all year around is important for kids. It helps to maintain fitness, health and gives them an outlet to socialise and meet new friends, burn off excess energy and offers something positive to keep them occupied and motivated towards. Most health professionals agree that ideally there should be no off season for kids. While we don’t want them to burn out or be under too much pressure from taking on too many sports, there is no reason why children shouldn’t have both winter and summer sports and activities they engage in on a regular …

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What Happens When Kids Don’t Exercise

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In Australia, 1 in 4 kids are considered overweight or obese.  The likelihood of obesity increases dramatically in adulthood, where almost 2 in 3 Australian adults are now considered overweight or obese.  Given that obesity is Australia’s second highest contributor to the burden of disease (ahead of smoking!), good habits must be formed early in life. Proper physical activity is one way we can combat obesity, and reduce the risks of associated diseases.  Also, parents are key to helping form good exercise habits and encouraging healthy behaviours. So, what happens to our kids when they don’t engage in enough physical …

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What Playing Sports Can Teach Kids

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Getting your child involved in sport is a great way to teach them many important lessons and values that will benefit them now, through adolescence and as an adult. The situations, challenges and triumphs encountered on the sporting field relate directly with many of the situations, challenges and triumphs they will face in everyday life, and gaining these experiences through sport, where they are supervised and in a supporting environment will help your child deal with them more constructively in later years. In this article, we’ll look at some of the specific things your child will learn by participating in …

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Drink and Eat Your Way to Become a Netball Pro

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A frequent question among parents of junior netballers is “What are the best food and drinks to give my child to optimise their netball performance?”.  Conversations between parents show that everyone has quite different ideas about what’s best practise for fuelling our young athletes. However, the foods and fluids consumed by netball players can have a big impact on their ability to train, play and recover well and can help ensure a fit, strong and healthy young child.  While each child has differing nutritional needs, the guidelines below are applicable to all junior Netballers. Hydration Before the Game It’s vital …

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Tips For Getting Girls Into Sport

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You may be surprised to learn that by the time our girls reach teenager-hood, they are twice as likely as boys to drop out of sport. They’re often disadvantaged from a young age, normally playing organised sport around two years later than young boys.  Boys will start developing advanced skills from as young as two years old and are encouraged more strongly by their parents to participate in sport. When girls start later, they are less likely to have the skills required for success.  In young children, particularly, success is synonymous with fun.  Girls struggling with sport are less likely to …

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Should Children Play Competitive Sports

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There has been a lot of debate about whether playing competitive sports is positive or negative for young children. Is competition good for the development of your child? Why should kids compete against each other? Will playing competitive sports help them succeed as adults? These are all very important and valid questions, but it’s how children and their parents approach competitive sports that will determine the benefits or drawbacks experienced by each individual child. By putting too much focus on the competitive aspects, such as always needing to win, being the best player in the team and being critical of …

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Preventing Sports Injuries in Child Athletes

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Participation in team sports provide numerous physical, social and psychological benefits, however they come with a risk; sports-related injuries.  Most sports related injuries can be treated and don’t cause long term complications.  But prevention is better than cure.  So, learn how to prevent and recognise sports injuries so that your child can reap the benefits of team sports. The Most Common Musculoskeletal Sports-Related Injuries in Kids Sprains and Strains A sprain is a type of joint injury that typically involves tearing of the ligaments and capsules. Symptoms to look for are: pain, swelling, stiffness and reduced efficiency of function.  Ankle …

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Simple AFL Drills That Kids Can Do With Parents

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Sport is more than just a game, it brings families and friends together, no matter what sports team each individual supports.  One very popular sport in Australia is AFL Football. Last weekend, the AFL’s opening round attracted a record figure of 400,401, more than 29,000 better than the previous record set back in 2013.  Australian football is still on the rise in 2017, despite starting in 1897 more than 100 years ago. One of the reasons for the continuous growth in fan involvement with the sport is strong participation among kids at a grassroots level.    Also, AFL is one of …

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5 Ways to Get Cricket Coaching in Melbourne

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Cricket…Australia’s national pastime and great game that many of us like to play on special holidays such as Christmas Day or Australia Day. It’s also a great game to play for the dedicated athletes, as a professional career offers a great lifestyle (not to mention a handy pay check these days with test matches, one-dayer’s and the highly lucrative T20’s). But it all must start from somewhere and finding a great coach or mentors to learn the skills and subtleties of the game from is very important if you want to become a good cricket player. For young children, there …

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Fun Soccer Training Drills

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When it comes to children’s sport the most important thing for a coach, parent, teacher, or anyone wanting to develop a kid’s skills and passion for the game is to make training fun. If the kids don’t enjoy themselves, they’ll soon lose interest and be back on the couch playing video games. The best way to do that is to translate (sometimes boring) training drills into fun games that capture the imagination of the kids. So, let’s look at some Fun Soccer Training Drills you can try at home (get the neighbourhood kids together), on the training field or down …

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5 School Holiday Activities In Sydney

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Keeping the kids entertained over school holidays can be a full time job. So it’s important to plan ahead and have a list of activities that can keep them occupied. It’s important to have a good mix of kids activities to suit any situation, such as: Indoor and outdoor activities to accommodate what the weather is doing. Activities for the whole family and some supervised activities where you can leave them alone and have time get your jobs done. Activities that go for a few hours and some that go for a few days depending on whether you just need …

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Things To Learn In Your First Tennis Lesson

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Would you like to enrol your child in tennis lessons, or has your child caught the tennis bug themselves and keeps wanting to play? Tennis is quite a technical sport and requires patience, commitment and lots of practise to master. It’s also crucial that your child learns the important fundamentals of the game and is taught proper technique from the start so they don’t form bad habits that can be hard to unlearn as they get older. Finding a good coach or tennis coaching clinic in your area is very important at these early stages. Depending on your own level of …

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How To Motivate Your Kids In Sport

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With so many benefits coming from getting your child involved in sports, it’s something that we all should really encourage and make every effort to ensure they find one that they enjoy. But sometimes this can be easier said than done.  So, you might need to be more proactive in motivating your child when it comes to playing sport. Today we thought we’d help by giving you some simple tips on how to spark their motivation. 1. Let Them Choose A Sport They Like I know it can be tempting to try get your child to follow in your footsteps …

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Fun Soccer Drills That Kids Can Do With Parents

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Currently, soccer is the number one team sport played by Australian kids (aged 6 – 13), with over 1.19 Million Australian kids regularly playing soccer.   This achievement is due to the growth in the A-League and the on-field success in our men’s and women’s international teams. If you’d like to get your child involved with soccer or simply want to help them improve their soccer skills, this article is for you. To become the best soccer player at school, kids just need to focus on the following skills: passing, shooting and dribbling.  This article, shows you what type of drills you …

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How To Teach Soccer To Beginners

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Soccer is a great game for boys and girls of all ages, physical ability and fitness level to get involved in. Learning the basic skills of the game is quite easy and within a few short training sessions your child can start to really improve and become a valuable team member. Also, it’s now the most popular sport for children in Australia, with local clubs and school teams in every suburb, so your child will have lots of friends to play with once they learn the basic skills. So, what are these basic skills? In this article, I will teach …