Running is embedded in every child’s life. Running to play tag, school exercise classes, running along the beach to chase seagulls or catch the bus (when older) or to play a team sport. Some children find running a real challenge. They don’t enjoy it and often it’s because of the running style they have learned. It is not efficient, they utilize muscles incorrectly and therefore the energy expenditure is greater meaning, it’s hard work. As parents we can see the difference in how they run, they look ‘awkward’ or run with ‘stiff legs’ and often are trailing behind their friends. Some children might have the diagnosis of developmental dyspraxia or developmental coordination disorder (DCD). These kids do have a unique running pattern and have other factors that make running challenging.
Having a love of running myself, seeing the enjoyment my children have running and having completed post-graduate study in the DCD population spurred my passion to help all kids LOVE running (or at least enjoy it more). YouTube has a number of free running exercises or drills but these are for kids who already run well. I have put together a few starter exercises that you can download for free HERE: Running skills for children.
If you are looking for a more comprehensive training program sign up for our six-week online Running Skills Training Program. It has been designed to provide a bottom-up approach to build the fundamental skills, strength and coordination to help your child run better. It has been designed for children aged 7 years and up although has been successful in children as young as 5 years. Although if you are buying it for your five-year-old they will require a little more involvement from you to complete the program. Included in your sign up you will be provided with the key pieces of equipment used to help build their success (available to NZ residence only).
Email email@example.com to buy the program and help build your child’s running enjoyment and skills now.