Thursday, June 26, 2014

Attack the Screen-time!

We see it at places all over. It is not just at your home, or in America, it is a global problem. Kids does not play on play-grounds as they used to.
And what are we doing? Not much.
What are the kids doing? Well more and more time is spent in front of different screens - both at home, in school, and at times when they should maybe just be moving around.

This must change!

How can this change?
Here are some few ideas:
- Schools must have comprehensive plans in place to increase the levels of physical activity in schools. It can not be based upon single teachers saying to the class "- now it is time to stretch a bit..."

- Kids must be invited to participate in multi-activity engagement. They should sign up in recreational and extra-curricular activities that include different kinds of physical activity - but these activities should also include some fun screen time to keep physical engagement as fun as possible. We should not have kids engaged in one single activity like swimming, or wrestling, or basketball. Each week should also therefore be laid out with a miniature curriculum so activity is guaranteed in several kinds of physical activities and that these things must spread out over time.

- Integration of interactive elements for physical activity is good and makes things more fun i.e. digitized functions woven into all old sport activities means that we can gametize old sports or dance activities to a much higher degree - to make them modern and more fun.

- We must figure out what is high intensive play for kids - we should in much more balanced ways avoid to recommend kids to do team sports that is based upon the idea that most players should stand still in one spot - most of the time in a game.

So how would this look like?
Not very different than what we already do - but if this is systematized it will guarantee that more kids stay much more active than before.

The Active Extra curriculum "a smargasbord" - just as an outline.. for kids 7-12 years of age - all based upon LTAD ideas i.e. no winners - just the progress counts.. eliminate negative feedback - increase positive feedback.

Monday 5-7 Fall Soccer, Winter Basketball, Spring Swimming
Tuesday 5-7 Fall Minecraft, Winter Electronic Game of your choice, Spring Baseball/Softball
Wednesday 5-7 Fall Exploring activities of play, Winter Snow/ice activities/hockey, Spring Track & Field
Thursday 5-7 Fall Futsal, Winter Floorball, Spring Wrestling/dance
Friday 5-7 Fall Cross Country, Winter Volleyball, Spring Dance/Gymnastics

OK, not all kids should not sign up for everything. The main idea is that they must sign up to participate for at least two or three days per week but also that they can switch in between days for different weeks. This will guarantee a very broad spectrum of activities. This will also still offer some kids higher degrees of specialization in specific activities since they are only mandated to participate two days.. Then of course sports and or activities should be offered in line with what the community can offer what is suitable and what is good for the kids. The activities should also roll around and different activities should be at different places. Flexibility is the main key word.

Yup, this is just an idea and it has not much to do with Floorball - but someone much start to fight the increase of screen times with the tools we have...

And not just have "experts" to recommend kids to do teams sports where most of them mainly stand still - several days a week.

Problems to get the kids to all activities? Ok notify Uber... or Lyft..
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Research suggest that eye-injuries are more common in Floorball as compared to Tennis, but less common as compared to Squash (similar to Racquetball).
To minimize this risk of injury Floorballcentral recommend: Use certified protective eye-wear (mandated in many European areas for the youth). Do not lay down on the court. Follow the rules strict on stick height.

Also if you get addicted to this sport - do not blame us!