Friday, 26 November 2010

Five in Five

UK Schools are looking to develop coordination, strength and agility in their students using a program called 'Five in Five'.  The 'Five in Five' routines involve squatting, lunging, pushing, bracing and rotating.  The driver behind this is as follows:
  • "Experts say many children do not get a proper workout which helps them develop coordination, strength and agility...Specialists in sports and exercise medicine say that too often PE lessons focus on developing sports skills rather than encouraging flexibility and movement."

This latter point is something I touched upon here, where I expressed doubts about developing strength without not only skill, but general information-rich kinaesthetic awareness.

This article goes on,
  • "You can get stronger, you can get more stable, you can have a much better posture, by exposing yourself to five minutes a day".
Chris touched on posture in a post earlier this week.  There are lots of bases to cover in this quest for health.


Natural Athlete said...

Kids don't need an intense work out, the need to be allowed to play preferable outdoors. Natural play behavior involves far more proceptively rich, multi planar overall developmental movement then any structured program. The parkour programs that have sprung up around the UK are a good bridge to this teaching a far wider range of skill and focused on building up quality movement and safe habits that work for playing outdoors. A program like this is far to limited to structured and to brief to make a real difference. The evidence also indicates its more likely that poor diet will result in a lack of drive to be physical active then exercise will cure obesity.

Anonymous said...

Hi, could you fix the "Chris" hyperlink please as it doesn't go anywhere.


Asclepius said...

Natural Athlete - I agree. Let kids follow their instincts and 'play' - and they will 'naturally' squat, lunge, push, brace and rotate.

What I found interesting is a recognition that general team sports may be limiting in what they offer participants. Upper body weakness amongst soccer/football players is a case in point.

This program may still be too limiting as you say, but we should applaud the change in mindset that seeks a broader agenda to 'encourage flexibility and movement'.

Play is information rich. Take any kid to a wood and watch them sprint, throw and climb. THAT is what school PE should be about.

You last point is also correct - particularly in children. Obesity preceding inactivity was observed in the Plymouth Early Bird study. I guess some of these ideas will take time to permeate wider consciousness.