Play & Development

Movin’ to the Beat – The Key to Smooth Moves

By Craig Valency, MA, CSCS Kids can often seem clumsy. It’s not so much that they are truly uncoordinated and clumsy, it’s often the case that they simply haven’t fully developed the neural circuits, synaptic connections, nerve insulation (myelination) and sensory...

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8 Ways to Crawl for Core Strength, Coordination, and Fun

By Brett Klika, CSCS Crawling- it’s not just for baby’s anymore! One of the most rudimentary human movement patterns just happens to be one of the most effective exercises in helping kids (and adults) improve core strength and stability, coordination, and a whole host...

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Gear Runs – Slow is the New Fast!

By Craig Valency, MA, CSCS Have you ever noticed that kids always seem to be running? I have spent more time yelling “walk! Don’t run!” with my own kids than almost anything else. Well, the issue is that most kids have only two gears – all the way or none of the way!...

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Bi-planes – A Novel Way to Develop “Team Speed”

By Craig Valency, MA, CSCS As I spoke about in my last post, Airplanes - The Ticket to Agility and Coordination, speed in life and in sports is more than just being the first to sprint across the finish line. There are always obstacles to contend with. Games like...

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Airplanes – The Ticket to Agility and Coordination

By Craig Valency, MA, CSCS Speed is more than just getting from point A to point B really, really fast. In life, and in sports, there are usually obstacles, various surfaces to contend with, hills and valleys and of, course, someone might be trying to take you down!...

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Twister Call Outs – Twist Your Way to Better Directional Awareness

By Craig Valency, MA, CSCS If you remember playing twister as a kid you no doubt recall trying to get your body into crazy positions without falling over. Inevitably, you fell over, laughed and did it again. Twister call outs uses a similar format, only you don’t need...

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