An Evidence Based Scientific Movement Skills Program
Physical Education and Physical Exercise Are the Backbones of Cognitive Development
Movement Academy is so passionate about developing your students and athletes, we guarantee that if you commit only 10 minutes per class period or practice, their cognitive and athletic performance will improve noticeably in 30 days or your money back. So if test scores can be higher, injuries reduced, self esteem increased, and simultaneous access for all coaches and teachers to teach age appropriate, fundamental movement skills are important to you, then Movement Academy’s Youth Movement Skills program may be for you. If you don’t agree with our beliefs and the science to support it, stop reading now, Movement Academy is not a fit for you.
Long Term Athletic Development
Long term athletic development (LTAD) and physical literacy are not new concepts, but they are not widely embraced the United States. They are used worldwide and are the backbone of SHAPE America’s national guidelines for physical education. What does this mean for you? The research and compliance has already been done to ensure your students and athletes receive the best program available for your budget dollars.
Injuries in PE classes in the US have increased by over 150% in a decade. Surgeons have seen the surgical curve lower from 18 year olds to 12 year olds. Not all injuries are from overuse and asymmetrical development, but a significant portion come from placing children in unsafe positions due to lack of physical literacy. Asking young kids to play only one sport all year, or do movements their bodies are not ready for, can increase the chances of unnecessary injuries. Unfortunately, the prevailing culture has changed to sports specialization at ages young as 8 years old. Science shows there is no evidence to support early age sports specialization improving the chances for a college scholarship or becoming a professional athlete. What does this mean for you? It is imperative to teach children age appropriate, fundamental movement skills to reduce overuse injuries and pave the way for healthy, active lifestyle habits.
Improved Cognitive Functioning
According to the CDC, “… coordination exercises (i.e., exercises that require the body to balance, react, adjust, and/or differentiate) were more beneficial than normal sport lessons in boosting cognitive functioning (specifically, concentration and attention).” Physical exercise and physical activity are direct contributors to neuroplasticity. Children’s brains are very dynamic in a progressive way. Challenging the brain through complex physical movements increases the production of cells in the hippocampus. By having children do age appropriate, progressive exercises, their academic performance and attention spans improve dramatically. Performing these movements does not have to be limited to PE class. With Movement Academy’s web based system, five minute physical activity breaks can be implemented into classrooms with students standing by their desks. What does this mean for you? With a few minutes a day of structured movement in class, and/or added to existing PE curriculum, your students can be better at standardized testing and overall academic performance.
The physical education classroom provides an optimal environment for creating a technology-rich environment. Often, when this statement is made, teachers respond in disbelief. Movement Academy embraces technology by allowing all of your teachers and coaches to have 24/7 access from any device on the court, field, and classroom, to a uniform program. What does this mean for you? All students and athletes receive the same, powerful lessons to improve cognitive and athletic performance. No child is left out.
If you are serious about improving the physical health and cognitive development of your students and athletes, schedule a FREE consultation today.
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