Youth: Discovering Movement

by Lee Taft |  Date Released : 01 Aug 2006

  • Introduction
  • Obesity and specialization extremes
  • Missing the boat of what it’s really about
  • Lost the basics of “go out and play”
  • Freeing self from the system in order to spread the word
  • We’ve got to get kids active
  • Technical emphasis – our worst enemy
  • Kids create
  • Body knows what to do
  • Guided Discovery
  • Empowering kids to do their own when we are not there
  • Play
  • Teaching kids to skip – we can’t get into their nervous system for them
  • Let them discover it
  • Help them develop the feeling in their bodies
  • Don’t fragmentalize a movement that is intuitive and whole already
  • Watch - let their movement tells us what they need
  • Play tag - incredible assessment about movement and decision making
  • Starting with what works – enhance the positive to override the negative
  • Making kids feel good about how they move. Confidence goes up -> expansion on all levels
  • Ages 6 to 8 - play atmosphere
  • Movement patterns through play
  • Movement for the sake of movement (give it purpose later)
  • Don’t do too much too soon
  • Too much pressure
  • Parents, coaches, teachers – set them up for success, give them opportunity to reach potential through play
  • Let them learn and develop and solve problems on their own
  • Be around kids and those who understand them
  • Don’t go by adult books
  • Get out there and find out what’s best by playing with them!

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Lee Taft

About the author: Lee Taft

Lee Taft, known to most as “The Speed Guy,” is highly respected as one of the top athletic movement specialist in the world. Since 1989, he has devoted the majority of his time training multi-directional speed to all ages and ability, helping young amateur athletes to professional athletes become quicker, faster and stronger. Lee also teaches his multi-directional speed methods to top performance coaches and fitness professionals all over the world and has also dedicated countless hours mentoring up and coming sports performance trainers, many who have gone into the profession and made a big impact themselves. <br><br>

With the release of Ground Breaking Athletic Movement in 2003, Lee revolutionized the fitness industry with his movement techniques for multi-directional speed. His innovated approach to training has impacted how athletic movement speed is taught. He has presented at numerous strength and conditioning and sports performance events across the world and has produced 13 instructional videos in the area of multi-directional speed and movement training. In addition, Lee has written several e-Books specifically on movement techniques and speed development.

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