Conventional sports that are played in schools are fun, however, perhaps your child wants to pursue more alternative sports that are on the unconventional side. Extreme sports that are suitable for children can offer them several mental and physical benefits too.
If you have a curious child who’s into adventure activities and wants to explore other sports apart from the usual team sports, learn more about the below extreme sports that are appropriate for children.
Skateboarding is an alternative sport that was never in the mainstream, but over the years, it has seen popularity with more skate parks opening and the introduction to more skateboarding competitions. It has gained so much popularity that for the first time in history, the skateboarding was an event in the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo Japan.
Skateboarding is an extreme sport that teaches children to master agility, precision, as well as hand and eye coordination. Children as young as four years old can start skating by utilizing skateboarding gears such as a helmet, elbow, knee and shin pads.
Indoor Rock Climbing
Indoor Rock Climbing is a popular alternative sport that is performed on artificial structures that are designed to closely resemble real outdoor rock formations. Indoor Rock Climbing provides children with strong discipline and problem-solving skills.
The sport is similar to solving a puzzle for children or for adults, it’s like playing at Australian bingo sites. It takes trial and error, a head for patterns and spotting opportunities, and encourages rock climbers to remain patient.
Children have the opportunity to tap into their creativity and formulate their own ways of doing things. Indoor Rock-Climbing facilities offer participants with safety gear, so children will be safe. The recommended ages for children to begin indoor rock climbing is from five years old as they can utilize their problem-solving skills that have been acquired from other activities.
Parkour is a sport that consists of moving from one point to another in a complex environment and in the fastest and most efficient manner possible. This is done by running at accelerated speeds, jumping, and climbing over numerous obstacles along the way.
Parkour was developed from military obstacle course trainings and is usually compared to a noncombative form of martial arts. Children who succeed in mastering parkour can see profound developments in their body’s athleticism, increased speed, flexibility, agility, body strength and coordination. Children as young as four years old can begin parkour.
Bicycle Motocross (BMX)
If your child is already a bicycle rider but is seeking to up their adventure, bicycle motocross or popularly known as BMX, is something they can consider doing. BMX bikers typically ride on dirt tracks and other terrain that’s off-road. For more experienced riders, BMX races and stunt competitions are popular. Children as young as five years old can begin BMX riding.
When children start this extreme sport at their tender age, it helps them to develop great balance, build strength and to also be able to improve their bicycle handling skills. Children partaking in adventure sports such as BMXing are more likely to lead healthier and active lifestyles as adults.