Tag Archives: development

Paediatric Hydrotherapy

Buoyancy

Hydrotherapy (therapy in water) has always been one of the preferred therapy options, for adults, children and even animals. However, limited appropriate facilities mean that it is not used enough in South Africa. This article sets out to provide parents with some more information about this therapy option, what it can be used for with […]

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Keeping children motivated in sports

at the gym

In the 2005 movie, “Kicking and Screaming,” Will Ferrell (Phil Weston) plays the son of Robert Duvall (Buck Weston), an overly competitive father with a ‘win-at-any-cost’ attitude. Phil is an adult survivor of Buck’s obsession with competition and winning and displays the scars to prove it. As a father and husband confidence and self-belief are […]

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Long-Term Participant/Athlete Development (LTPD)

Pathway 2

As parents we recognise that sport and physical activity play an important role in the healthy physiological and psychological growth and development of our children. Unfortunately over the past number of years there has been a decline in physical activity in South Africa resulting in an increased risk for diseases such as diabetes and obesity […]

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Feeding Active Kids 1

Lunchbox ideas

It is important for active kids to develop a healthy relationship with food and recognize the value of healthy eating in exercise performance. In this series of 3 articles we seek to provide you with practical tips to assist you in providing your children with the required nutrition for an active life. In this article […]

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A Prep School Sports Teacher Perspective

St Peters Runners

Mary Ann Dove in conversation with Grant Jansen, former Head of Sport at St. Peter’s Boys School, Johannesburg, South Africa. MD: What was the greatest challenge you faced as head of sport at a primary school? JG: As a teacher the natural thing for you to do is to help others and play a part […]

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At What Age Should My Child Specialise in a Specific Sport?

Young Baseball Player

Children need to develop as athletes before they become specialized as players. This can be achieved by teaching children the fundamental skills required as a foundation for more complex physical activities and sports. These basic skills form the basis of “physical literacy” – fundamental movement and fundamental sport skills which permit a child to move […]

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