Monthly Archives: January 2012

Strength training guidelines for children

Strength 1

Can children participate in strength training programmes? A collaboration between Licinda Liebenberg and Dr. Kim Nolte (PhD – Human Movement Sciences) Strength training can be defined as a method of improving muscular strength by gradually increasing the ability to resist force through the use of free weights, machines, or the person’s own body weight. Strength […]

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To win requires mastery of skills

Roger Federer

Following on an earlier article, “Winning vs Learning: Which is more important” as well as the sentiments expressed in “Bigger playing fields”, this article tackles the importance of developing mastery of skills. The one thing we all seem to agree on is that the objective of sport is to win. What we don’t agree on […]

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Bigger playing fields – The transition from primary to high school

Chalkboard with words "back to school"

It’s tough making the move from primary to high school for several reasons, but the struggles in the sports realm often go undiscussed. Whether it’s moving from being the top athlete at a small school to being one of many good athletes at a large school, dealing with body issues, or deciding on your sporting […]

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Winning or learning: Which is more important?

gymnastics

I was at a judo practice the other day when I observed the following parent-child interaction in the beginners’ class: Two judo athletes (approximately 10 years old) were simulating a particular grab and throw technique on each other during a practice. Sitting close by were two fathers. One was fairly quiet and I could not […]

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