Kids and FlexibilityChristina Harrison
You watch your child’s grades in school, make sure that they eat right and worry if they are developing socially. But are you also watching their fitness requirements/goals? Along with being active in sports and/or just play, both competitive or just recreational, flexibility issues can affect your child.
According to the American Council on Exercise, around the age of 6, children begin sitting regularly at a desk during school. During these hours of sitting it forces their hamstrings into a tight shortened position. Spending long hours hunched in front of the TV or computer compounds these problems, leading further to tightness. In addition, the Nationwide Children’s Hospital website states that muscles tend to be tight in pre-teens and early teenagers when children experience rapid growth periods. During these changes when bones grow quickly, muscles have not adjusted to them and poor flexibility might become a bigger problem.