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Fitness and academic success

Fitness and academic success

Fedewa and Ahn 2011 completed a meta-analysis of 59 studies from 1947 through to 2009. Over 200 different metrics were used through the studies however the conclusion was clear. Physical activity, exercise, organized games, free play and all other forms of movement have small but measurable effects on children’s attention, cognition, stress, mental health, memory(…)

Early specialization v multilateral development II

Early specialization v multilateral development II

The effect of early specialization on long-term athlete development is evidenced on physical and psychological levels. Harre et al. (1982) compared the major differences in athletes who specialized early v those who had a multilateral development: Early Specialisation v Multilateral Development 1. Quick performance improvements v Slower performance improvements 2. Best performances aged 15-16 years(…)

Resistance training in children and adolescents

Resistance training in children and adolescents

Should children and adolescents resistance train? The research says yes.  The Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology have published a position stand on this topic and raise the following points in their abstract: – There is no minimum age for resistance training in children – Resistance training should include a proper warm-up, cool-down and appropriate exercises(…)