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Excerpts — Secrets to Success in Sport & Play-2nd Edition

Encouraging the learner

Trying to have a thorough understanding of the mechanical principles and the visual evaluation skills involved so that your help can be specific and keyed to a particular skill or problem will help you see relationships, make wise choices and decisions, and increase the possibility of a transfer of learning from one activity or situation to another.

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Tips & techniques to improve your balance

Everyone can improve their balance and save themselves from possible injuries and embarrassment. Following these simple tips just might help.

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Lengthening of the iliopsoas, and toe touching

Because connective tissue shortens if not periodically stretched, a heavily used muscle may actually shorten, causing tightness and a loss in range of motion.

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Control their momentum in the quick stops in freeze

Balance is the keystone of all movement and of the ability to hold or control one’s position. Therefore, balance should be emphasized when helping a child or youth prepare to become “natural” or coordinated in his movements. We often assume that an individual will develop good balance. Many do not.

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