Tag is a game for all ages – it never gets old. And when you add simple rules to stress a particular component of fitness, like balance, it gets even better.
In last week’s article, I explained why balance is a fundamental skill for youth athletes. Now, here’s a short video showing an example session (including a game of tag) with a group of high school rowing athletes we work with aimed at improving balance.
But before you click play, consider these 3 key points.
- Balance is the ability to stay upright or in control of body movement. There are two types of balance; static balance (i.e., maintaining equilibrium when stationary), and dynamic balance (i.e., maintaining equilibrium when moving). You need to train both.
- When it comes to dynamic balance, the faster you go the easier it is to maintain your balance. So, when training balance, progress from fast to slow.
- Games that require a balance component, particularly when they involve competition, are a great way to challenge balance and drive development.
Please let me know what your think in the comments below!
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