Padel is a modern and recent sport. In the last few years it has really grown dramatically. Padel shares many characteristics with other racquet sports: tennis, racquetball, squash, etc … It is an easy sport to practise. When we acquire some basic knowledge about technical and tactical aspects of the game, we see a truly amazing progression within a few months of practice. This increased in mobility and motor functions, tactical knowledge of the game and technical resources will allow us to spend many hours of fun with our friends.
It is always important not to forget that we are working with children. So, the treatment, the methodologies used and the dynamics of the classes should always have the “small one” as the protagonist in the way we teach.
Here we have a list of benefits in the practice of padel
Main features of the sport
- Affordable, relatively easy to practice.
- Simple rules.
- Fun, social and competitive.
- It is not necessary to have an overly complex kit purchased. It is only necessary to have the following items: bat, runners, comfortable clothing, optional: other accessories …
- We can work very different concepts with our partner (partnership, competitive edge, capacity for effort and improvement … as well as many other values.)
- Amazing increase in the number of practitioners in recent years (the estimate for the next few years is spectacular).
Benefits of padel at the motor function level
- Improvement of psychomotor development of children.
- Overall dynamic coordination, as well as hand-eye coordination are increased.
- Provides a correct body development.
- Improve the player’s movements and balance.
Benefits at the physiological level
- Increased muscle power.
- Increased general and specific coordination (eye-hand).
- Active habits in physical activity.
- Fight against obesity and inactivity in children (increased considerably in recent years).
- Caloric expenditure (release of endorphins from exercise) and appropriate moods.
Benefits of padel at the psychosocial level
- Provides fun and good mood to the players. We all know the feeling of comfort that we experience when we are able to carry out a sporting activity and commit ourselves to do it regularly.
- Padel by its nature is a team sport, so that its social character makes this a fun activity.
- Provides values such as excellence, teamwork (partner), willingness to make efforts, providing at the same time, personal maturity.
- Improved self-control of emotional reactions regardless of the situation in which they appear.
As you can see, beyond what some would have us believe, padel is perfectly valid for the physical and intellectual development (harmonic and integral) of the child.
Later on we should reflect on a particularly exciting topic: How do children learn? What are the best mechanisms the lessons, how to integrate their motor schemes and their implementation, how do they perceive this information and what channel they are most receptive? … You know … as always, wondering, on a daily basis twenty-four hours a day, the reason for things.