Tennis is considered, to all intents and purposes, one alternating sportthat is a sport in which phases of play alternate with recovery phases (other sports of this type are the footballthe rugbythe basketballthe volleyball…). It differs, therefore, from the endurance sportsshort or long term, give it dexterity sport in which excellent motor coordination skills are required, and give him power sports where muscle power is essential.
Like all alternate sports, also tennis is characterized by numerous movements, always different, which alternate with each other, bringing into play different muscle groups and helping to determine that variety that contributes to increasing the child’s interest in movement. This is why, very often, children prefer to practice sports such as football, basketball, volleyball or the same tennis rather than more “monotonous” disciplines such as swimming, running, athletics …
IS TENNIS SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN?
Until a few years ago the tennis it was considered a sport not very suitable for younger children, so much so that it was recommended starting from the last years of primary school if not, even later, when the child, now an adolescent, had almost completed his muscular development.
The motivation, it was said, was that compared to other more complete sports disciplines, tennis was not able to guarantee the correct development of the muscles, favoring one side over the other and developing some muscle groups rather than others.
To tell the truth, the new teaching methods proposed by most schools provide exercises capable of meeting the growth needs of children, even the youngest ones, helping them to develop in a way, without giving up basic teachings relating to technique and the “playful” dimension capable of involving them emotionally.
HOW TO CHOOSE THE SCHOOL
The choice of the structure in which to enroll the child is fundamental. Precisely because tennis, if badly taught and poorly proposed, could cause growth imbalances, it is very important that the first lessons, those given in the first years, take into account the physicality of the little one and its development.
Yes, therefore, to those companies that offer, in addition to the classic ones, also exercises that help the harmonious growth of all muscle groups (therefore, right arm and left arm, legs, torso, back …) and yes to the exercises that provide pure play activities in addition to the classic training matches.
Finally, when choosing the equipment, it is important to contact competent centers able to recommend snowshoes of the shape, weight and size suitable for the child’s age.