This kind of training is commonly called ‘Ninja Training’, and it is growing in popularity because it provides a safe environment for kids to jump, run, climb and exert themselves. There are numerous proven benefits of engaging in activities that develop physical literacy in children, including:
Think about any sport or activity that children can engage in, many of them require agility and quick thinking. This kind of training develops a solid base of agility for children which has been proven to help prevent injuries in the future by improving and strengthening stabilizing muscles. In fact a research study conducted by the Faculty of Sports Science and Coaching of Sultan Idris University in Malaysia found that agility training programs significantly improve injury prevention in school children.
COORDINATION & SPATIAL AWARENESS
One of the first things kids learn in ninja training is spatial awareness and how to coordinate their body in order to overcome obstacles. Not only does this teach them by trial and error, it also helps kids understand the challenges their bodies are capable of overcoming. Scientists such as Dr. Geraldine Van Gyn, a professor of kinesiology at the University of Victoria, believe that there is a direct link between exercises like ninja training that are focused on coordination and spatial awareness and improvements in coordination and sports performance.