Youth: Making Movement Play

by Juan Carlos Santana |  Date Released : 01 Aug 2006

  • Introduction
  • We don’t “rap”
  • Dire need of leadership
  • Generation Y
  • Diabetes, cholesterol, no PE (chaos management!)
  • School food nightmare
  • Getting back to old world values
  • Train them to like movement again
  • In old days, youth had plenty of daily exercise
  • Nintendo generation – loss of connection to body
  • Make movement play
  • Let them move through exploration
  • Bio Motor skills
  • Make movement a privilege not a punishment
  • Values of work and appreciation
  • Teaching them to earn
  • Using values to exercise the body
  • The rest is technique
  • Natural cross training of life is no longer as readily available
  • Parents living vicariously through their kids – over specify and intensity way too early
  • Even sport diversity is limiting
  • Skipping, galloping and prancing… hopscotch, Frisbee, hoola hoop, monkey bars…
  • Give kids the tools and the automatically do things
  • Bring PE back
  • Be a voice of fitness awakening for youth
  • They are our future – they need us now!

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Juan Carlos Santana

About the author: Juan Carlos Santana

Juan Carlos Santana received his Bachelor and Masters Degree in Exercise Science from Florida Atlantic University. Carlos is the director and CEO of the Institute of Human Performance in Boca Raton Florida. Carlos’ professional responsibilities have included serving as the Chairman of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Sport Specific Conference, the NSCA Florida State Director and as a member of the NSCA Conference Committee. He has also been involved in the certification programs for the American College of Sport Medicine (ACSM) and USA Weightlifting. Carlos has taught Sports Training Systems and Strength Training at Florida Atlantic University and is currently involved in several ongoing research projects. Carlos is currently the Sport Specific Conditioning Column editor for the NSCA Journal. He is a member and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) with the NSCA, a member and a certified Health Fitness Instructor with the ACSM.

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