When it comes to sports most parents want their children do as well as they can and at the same time enjoy it. The progress of a child in any sports is both the result of his effort and, no less important, of coordinated work of parents and coaches. Here are some simple strategies for parents to make their kids enjoy sports and perform to their fullest potential.
Do not miss classes. Skipping workouts without a serious reason quickly turns into systematic absences. The more classes have been missed, the less confident your child feels at the gym – while he was absent, the other children learned new elements, which he does not know how to perform.
Always be on time. Habit of being late is bad for your child’s performance – children need time to get used to gym environment and tune into a workout. But the worst thing in being late that your child misses a warm-up that could cause injury.
Organize kids schedule properly. To succeed in sports your child should have a good night sleep, several quality meals a day, time for being outside and for a daily rest. To make it real a healthy lifestyle should be a must for the whole family.
Provide healthy and appropriate nutrition. The effectiveness of training depends on the child nutrition – if your child doesn’t get enough proteins his muscles can’t grow, and if he didn’t get carbs before the class he won’t have energy to perform well. To get more info on what types of food are good for young athletes check our Sports Nutrition Guide.
Motivate with no pressure. To succeed in sports a child should not feel the burden of someone’s expectations or hopes. Your goal is to support your child’s natural abilities, not force them into an uncomfortable frames – so try to keep it fun and do not focus on medals. To get more info on typical mistakes parents make in their drive to help their child succeed read our 6 Mistakes for Parents to Avoid
Choose gym and coaches carefully. When it comes to competitive sports the gym often becomes a second home for your athlete, so you have to do your best to choose the right place and the right people. Apart from the results that a sports school or the coaches can boast, the important characteristic of a good gym is simple – your child should be happy to be there and willingly go to the classes.