LET’S GET MORE ACTIVE! at the Sports Training Academy in Oakville and Mississauga

 

FitnessPassoGrowing up, my parents never had trouble keeping me active. Where I came from, playing outside after school was essential. I enjoyed nothing more than being outside with whatever friends I could find. We played many different sports and participated in any activities our imaginations led us to.

It was basic knowledge to me as a kid – that nothing, nothing beat being outdoors and being active. Looking back at my childhood today, I realize the repercussions of the technological age. We now live in a time in which corporations impose technology in the form of cellphones, video games, and computers, distracting our youth from a healthier lifestyle.

It pains me to learn that a mere 7% of children participate in the recommended physical activity of only one hour a day. Today’s children ne...

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How Teaching Methods in the Classroom can Apply to Sports

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Research suggests there are three different styles of learning that children use in school as well as every day life.  These three learning methods are auditory, visual, and physical. Most people learn best through a combination of the three types of learning styles, but everybody is different.  School systems have made big strides to alter their curriculum to better suit all of the individual needs of children. It’s about time we start adopting these ideas when teaching our young athletes!

 Auditory Learners: Hear

Auditory learners would rather listen to things being explained than read about them. Reciting information out loud and having music in the background may be a common study method. In sports, an auditory learner would prefer to have a coach give instructions verbally.

Visua...

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Are Great Athletes Born or Made?

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STA After School Program Question of the Week: Are great athletes born or made?

It is no secret that some kids are born with a stronger sense of coordination, agility, speed, strength and physical awareness. These fine motor skills are an athletic advantage when learning specific skills and techniques associated to every sport. However, athleticism can only take you so far.

Athletes such as Roy Halladay, Sidney Crosby and Kobe Bryant aren’t superior athletes strictly because of their athleticism. These athletes dominate in their respective sports because they all commit to refining their craft and performing at the highest level possible.  They all spend countless hours training their bodies and practicing the fundamentals...

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Play Multiple Sports or Focus On One?

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After School Program Question of the Week:

Should my son/daughter play multiple sports or just focus on one?

Every sport presents different dynamics and variations of movement that benefit an athlete. Skills and fundamentals learned in one sport can translate into a higher level of performance of skills and fundamentals in another sport. I like to call this the crossover effect. The crossover effect results in making better all-around athletes. For example, an athlete that plays soccer and learns how to dribble the soccer ball with their feet will also make that athlete a better hockey skater. Athletes that play just one sport may benefit from working on the advanced skills of that particular sport, however they lose out on the crossover effect...

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STA After School Program Ping Pong: The True Test of an Athlete!

 STA After School Program Ping Pong: The True Test of an Athlete!

Ping Pong has become one of the most popular games at the After School Program. Believe it or not, Ping Pong is a game that can truly test one’s athleticism. The ability to continually return the ball to your opponent’s side of the table requires a great deal of hand eye coordination, concentration and touch!

It is also a great game for younger athletes.  It is a fun filled game that promotes the use of hand eye coordination while learning how to control the paddle to make contact with the ball. Playing Ping Pong is a great way to work on fine motor skills while having fun...

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3 Healthy, Great Tasting Snacks That Provide High Levels of Energy for Kids

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Third period has just finished. Your stomach is growling, demanding that you feed it soon. Your level of focus during the previous math lesson was quickly declining to dismal levels. Your body needs energy. It needs a healthy snack to make it through the rest of the day. You reach into your lunch bag only to find a pack of Twinkies, also known as a bag full of processed sugar and empty calories.

 Kids are continually growing and their bodies demand the proper nutrition to aid that growth.  However, these days it’s not as easy to pack healthy school lunches for kids. With our fast paced lifestyle, it is getting more and more difficult to find the time to pack healthy, wholesome snacks for your kids to take to school.

The energy gained from the snacks we eat is vital for providing ki...

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Sportsmanship: The “Golden Rule” of Sports

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Respect is not earned based on whether you win or lose. It’s how you play the game.

On Monday, The Sports Training Academy hosted a field trip for Deercroft Public, an elementary school in Oakville. The students learned about new sports skills, fundamentals and also life skills such as teamwork and leadership. I was blown away by the level of sportsmanship displayed by the grade 6 students. After a very intense, back and forth game of soccer, all of the athletes exchanged handshakes with their own teammates as well as their opponents. I believe this display of sportsmanship is what separates good athletes from great athletes.

Some people define good sportsmanship as the “golden rule” of sports — in other words, treating the people you play with and against as you’d like to be treated y...

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10 Ways to Promote Physical Activity Through Play

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Kids’ idea of ‘play’ has changed over the years. Sedentary activities such as video games and watching TV have become the norm for many children. This problem has turned into an epidemic. Now 93 % of kids do not get the recommended 60 minutes of rigorous heart pumping activity every day. This lack of physical activity can lead to negative health effects later in life. In order for kids to achieve 60 minutes and build healthy habits towards exercise, we must make physical activity fun! It does not always have to come from tough, physically demanding activities such as sports training, going to the gym or hour long runs...

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Importance of Hand-Eye Coordination

Hand eye coordination is a fine motor skill common in all sports.

Hand eye coordination is a fine motor skill common in all sports. Shooting baskets, catching baseballs and hitting golf balls are all sports skills that require a high level of hand eye coordination. Many kids limit their athletic potential because they fail to recognize the importance of hand eye coordination. Improvement of a specific sports skill such as hitting a baseball can be directly linked to the improvement of hand eye coordination. The more attention we pay to improving hand eye coordination as opposed to the skill itself, the better, more well rounded athletes we will become. Here are three ways you can improve your hand eye coordination:

1. Juggling

Use two to four balls of medium size such as tennis or lacrosse balls. Start with two balls and juggle from hand to hand...

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Top 3 Recess Activities

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Spring is here! The sun is out, the birds are chirping and the fields are dry. Kids love being outdoors, especially during recess. Recess is a great way for kids to be active; they can participate in different sports and learn new skills. Here are my top 3 recess activities.

1. Handball - A big wall and a ball of any size is all the equipment you will need. The rules are simple. One player begins by serving the ball against the wall. Then each player in turn tries to hit the ball against the wall using his or her palm before it bounces twice. If a player fails to do so he or she is out.

Handball is a great game to promote hand eye coordination, agility and cardio endurance. Kids of all skills levels can play and it’s a great way to make new friends!

2. Kickball -The rules of Kic...

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The Power of Kale Shakes – Making Vegetables Fun!

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Today we live in such a fast paced society. We are always on the go and always looking to add more activities to our already busy schedules. That, along with the fact that kids rarely enjoy the taste of healthy foods such as vegetables, indicates that encouraging children to consume the daily requirements of fruits and vegetables has become nearly impossible.

Kale shakes are a great way to meet those requirements and allow kids to experiment with different vegetables in a great tasting shake.

Ingredients and Benefits

  • 4 STALKS OF KALE

Benefits

-     High in fiber, iron, calcium and Vitamins A, C, and K

-     Filled with powerful antioxidants

-     Great for cardiovascular support

  •  4 CELERY STEMS

Benefits

-     Good source of potassium, folic acid and vitamins B6 and ...

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