Far too many badminton coaches (and parents) forget the importance of developing the overall movement skills and athletic abilities of children. Before kids reach the age of 14-15, they still need to focus on the development of their basic athletic abilities.
According to Kristen Gostomski;
“When children are focused too intently and too early on technical skills while neglecting fundamental movement and athleticism, they miss the one-time opportunity to develop neuromuscular patterns that eventually make them quicker, faster, stronger, more coordinated, and more skilled. That’s time they can never get back.”
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Sadly, often badminton kids are “lured” into making badminton their only priority at a very young age. As a result, they practice badminton 3-5 times each week. Most of their exercises are badminton specific. Therefore, there is no time for football, cricket, tennis, gymnastics, or any other sports. In the words of most experts, that’s a huge mistake.
There are many examples of world-class badminton players who were multi-sports kids. And they maintain that their experiences from other sports were hugely beneficial to their development as badminton players.
Today the optimization for competitions in badminton begins much earlier than it did, say, 10-12 years ago.
Parents and coaches are “investing” in the development of badminton kids from a very early age. The training schedule involves badminton training on a daily basis. And some children as young as 12, may even have several days with two training sessions per day.
This in turn makes it virtually impossible for these kids to practice other sports besides badminton.
In this article, you’ll learn from experienced experts. You will get tips on how to balance the development of athleticism in children up to the age of 14-15.