Did you know that there was an optimal age for learning to run fast?
You can improve throughout your life, but if a child learns running skills at two particular points during their growth, then that will give them an advantage in the future.
Our columnist Steven Poacher reveals those developmental stages in this week’s column, and then goes on to explain what coaches must do to help promote speed.
“For young boys the window of opportunity is in two phases. Phase one is between the ages of seven and eight and phase two is between the ages of 11 and 14.
“For young girls it’s similar. Phase one is between the ages of seven and eight and phase two is between 12 and 14.
“Progress can be made at any time outside of this window but, obviously, it will not have the same benefit.”