What can kids learn from singular and team sports?

Celebrity trainer and widely known athlete Owen McKibbin shares everything there is to know about what can kids learn from singular and team sports.
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What can kids learn from singular and team sports?

When it comes to sports and children, I think first and foremost is movement and activity. I think singular sports are great. I also think team sports are great. The advantage of team sports is you let them realize there's a lot of other people counting on besides you. If you don't show up, it makes the other teammates' jobs harder to complete. And it gives you a sense of once you start something, I don't care if you don't want to do it again, but you will finish it. So there's a start and a process and an end to it. And if at that point they want to switch sports, great. I think variety is amazing. Singular sports, I've always been a team sport guy. Singular sports, you have to have a lot of mental fortitude, like a distance runner for example. No one's going to go job 26 miles with you. Pretty sure you're on your own. Youth sports, I think soccer is great for creating bone density, lateral mobility because you're jumping forward, sprinting. As far as specializing in something, I think it's always good to expose your child to everything. When my child was small, I was always throwing things at him. Pretty soon he was catching them and throw things back. Making him use one hand. Making him use the other hand. We would kick balls. So literally it was just play time. We would eat-play-sleep. Wake up and do this whole routine over again. Specializing is interesting. First the kid has to show an interest in that sport. You can't force a kid who's frightened of water or doesn't have a propensity for water to be a swimmer. Go with what seems to be a natural thing for them and then observe them and see if they acclimate towards it. If they want to do it on their own, if they take ownership over what they're doing. My son started off in club soccer. He doesn't play soccer anymore, but he enjoys kicking the ball around. Then it was basketball. he's still a great basketball player, but he prefers football. So now we've really specialized in football. Specifically he's a quarterback. I like to not coach my son too much because I want to remain his friend and his parent. And I like other people to make him do stuff that he probably doesn't want to do.
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Celebrity trainer and widely known athlete Owen McKibbin shares everything there is to know about what can kids learn from singular and team sports.


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Celebrity Trainer & Single Dad

Owen McKibbin is one of the most credible and recognizable personalities in the health and fitness world. He currently can be seen on the immensely successful infomercial “The Rack Workout” all in one gym. Owen’s exclusive “Zone Progression Training” is the break through fitness solution to get you strong, lean and ripped for life. 
OWEN was discovered while playing volleyball at the infamous Will Rodgers State Beach in Santa Monica. World famous photographer Bruce Weber shot Owen in his first job for Polo Sport/Ralph Lauren. That same month Owen also was photographed for world wide advertising campaigns for Guess Jeans with Claudia Schiffer, and Hugo Boss. Owen has gone on to be one of the most sought after and recognizable men in the business.
Born and raised in Hawaii, Owen McKibbin, the youngest in a family of eight children, is a graduate of the prestigious Punahou High School and the University of Southern California, where he majored in communications. He was Hawaii State Champion in three sports, volleyball, soccer, and canoeing. As a pro beach volleyball player, Owen achieved nationwide recognition representing the United States in a number of World Championships.
Perhaps best known for his nineteen covers of Men’s Health magazine, the world’s most popular men’s magazine, Owen has established himself as a leading voice in dialogue on health and fitness. (Each issue of Men’s Health featuring Owen has sold in excess of one million copies more than any other issue).
Owen and his fitness message have been feature by CBS News, The New York Times, People Magazine, The View, Extra TV, and Entertainment Tonight, to name a few. His informative and sexy health and fitness segments for the hit television show, Extra, helped catapult those episode’s rating to triple their normal size.
Owen has always remained in tip-top shape despite 2 major back surgeries. He was a spokesman for Bowflex for 5 years and in 2004, because of his un-paralleled level of fitness, Owen was coaxed into coming out of retirement and back onto the sand. Although he hadn’t touched a volleyball in over 10 years, he competed once again on the AVP tour for another year and a half. 
His first book, commissioned by Rodale Press, The Men’s Health Cover Model Workout, Body Sculpting Secrets of the World’s Top Fitness Model, has received praise throughout the fitness industry for its insightful and concise approach to fitness and well-being. It is currently available throughout North America, the United Kingdom, and Puerto Rico.Represented by the prestigious LA Models, Owen has appeared in major print or television campaigns for such clients as Polo by Ralph Lauren, 2x-ist, Gillette, and Hugo Boss and in. Currently Owen resides in Santa Monica California with his 12 year old son, Blaze.
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