It’s that time of year when spring has sprung, the weather is warming up and the kids are aching to go outside.
But the benefits of taking your children to the playground goes far beyond helping them burn off a little energy. Joe Flannery, PT, DPT, OCS, CIMT, clinical director ofTidewater Physical Therapy’s Williamsburg Clinic and Aquatic Center, says that good old fashion playground adventures can help a child build up his or her endurance, coordination and strength – which can keep them healthier and less injury prone down the road.
“Our bodies always perform to stress,” Flannery said. “The stress we put on it helps develop it, to shape it, and resistance tolerance forces the body to adapt and adjust.”
What does that mean? The short answer is allowing your toddler to amble around the playground will help him or her get better at walking and running. Getting your 8-year-old to swing will help him or her develop core, leg and arm strength. And all that activity will help your child develop endurance, and…to read more follow here