To reach one’s full fitness potential, I believe one must progress and “master” each of the 4 C’s.:
1. Competency (of movement)
2. Confidence (with movement)
3. Capacity (to perform more movement)
4. Comprehension (of movement and fitness)
However, some children have developmenta delaysl (e.g. roll, crawl, sit up, balance on knee(s) or may lack the basic motor control, balance or stability needed to perform fundamental movements ( e.g. squat, lunge, climb, run, kick, swing) without loss of form, technique or incurring injury.
So then what happens when a child “lags” behind her peers in play or sports competency? She stops performing the task(s) because of embarrassment, peer judgement, ridicule and eventually shame. The child loses confidence and stops practicing the movement, developing less skill and an aversion to the activity.
This podcast provides an example from my personal experience growing up in a predominately white, suburban neighborhood and experiencing shame and performance anxiety.
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