Keeping kids active – David Roche

David Roche MSc Pg Dip BSc HNC CSCS

David Roche MSc Pg Dip BSc HNC CSCS

David is a Physician of Sports Medicine, Physio and Strength & Conditioning Specialist with his own private Physiotherapy clinic in the heart of Kilkenny City. David lectures at a local college on the topics of Anatomy & Physiology. David has predominately worked in professional sports and with elite athletes.

David has worked in Professional rugby in the UK. David was recently invited to work at the 2017 Athletics World Championships in London. Since moving home, David has worked with the 2016 All Ireland winning intermediate Kilkenny Camogie team. David currently works with the Irish Athletics Youths Endurance squads at training camps.

Tips For Helping Kids of Today Stay Active

Research shows that many children today are struggling to meet their daily-recommended targets for physical activity. We know that inactivity is a risk factor for a multitude of chronic diseases and many of the habits that shape our adult lives are set in childhood. Physical activity is important for a growing body as movement and weight bearing have a large impact on bone strength, muscle and tendon health. Here are some tips to make sure your child is staying as active as possible.

1. Find an activity that suits your child’s personality and abilities.

Children who are very coordinated and excel in competition may find team sports both increase their self-esteem as well as keep them fit. For other children, being a part of a team can cause embarrassment and they may say they dislike exercise, when in fact what they dislike is feeling like a failure and letting down the team.

These children may prefer a sport where success measured by improving on their own performance, rather than being compared to other children. Surfing, yoga, martial arts, dancing or gymnastics may be activities that suit your child if competitive and team sports cause them to be discouraged.

2. Do get injuries checked out by a professional and invest in proper rehabilitation.

While children do bounce back quickly from injuries, they also may have difficulty expressing themselves and their worries when they have pain. A niggling pain that won’t go away may cause your child to say “I don’t like sport” rather than mentioning that they are in pain.

Some children may retain worries that they will hurt themselves again because of a previous injury and avoid exercise because they don’t feel completely confident. Your physiotherapist can help to identify any issues that your child is having and help to resolve them.

3. Set fun and challenging goals for them to complete during their daily routine.

As less children are walking to school, try to find ways to fit extra activities into the day. Have a daily long jump competition in the back yard at the same time each day or have bed making time trials. Have a routine before bed of age appropriate exercises, such as star jumps, hopping, balancing and running on the spot. You can make this part of the night or morning ritual, just like brushing your teeth.