A team sport that teaches communication in different situations, raises communication skills and physical fitness.

Football: basic elements for a football beginner

trainer at Moscow Spartak academy
Aleksandr Semenov
Mikhail Smolin
Candidate of Pedagogical Sciences, Associate Professor of Physical Culture Department, Russian State Social University
Aleksandr Kornev


soccer field

Trainer’s Notes

For a child, training and getting involved in a team game gives them a sense of their own indispensability. It is a place for communication, team support, the development of social skills in different situations. It also helps develop physical stamina, strength, and speed.
For a child, football practice can be a great way of self-realization.
A child without an arm can handle basic football skills: dribbling a ball, passing, attacking or defending. He may be a hidden talent.
The lesson is structured as normal: warm up, work on kicks, passing, ball control – all the components of football. Exercises should emphasize coordination and balance.
A lot of our cyber heroes dream about football. In the context of football training, I often hear from parents that they don’t wear a prosthesis to class for fear of breaking it. The risk of breaking a prosthesis in football, as with almost any sport, is higher than exercising at home, for example. Completely normal, non-robotic arms and legs also break, but that’s no reason to leave your child at home and not allow them to engage in sports. Yes, a prosthesis can be broken, but it can also be repaired. And a prosthetic that’s been through a few repairs is always better than a perfectly preserved one sitting on a shelf. So put it on, don’t be scared, don’t tell them off if it breaks, and remember that it is primarily a contribution to your child’s health, his proper coordination, and the development of a strong and symmetrical corset muscle.

And I also want to note separately that if there is no football academy in your city, or there is no way of taking a child to regular training sessions, but the boys dreams, then do it yourself. There are many training videos, recommendations, and exercises online. It might not be professional sport, but it is still a very important activity. It will be highly enjoyable and important for a child to be cool on the field with the boys, and including a close adult in the hobby will create trusting relationships and great memories.
Pediatrician, doctor of physical therapy and sports medicine.
Author of rehabilitation and preparation for prosthetics techniques.
Alina Kuzyakina
The trainers in the project are an example of professionals who approach lessons from the perspective of the child’s interests. And only then from the point of view of working with particular features. Indeed, there are many nuances in working with such children, but they are surmountable in the process of communication, consultations with specialists, and lessons for motor activities, and it does not matter what kind, the main thing is that the child should above all enjoy it. And the objective of the adult is to become a friend, companion, and mentor. With a prosthesis, a child can even use it for exercises that involve both hands – striking out, throwing it to a partner during a training session, etc.

If we want children with disabilities to feel comfortable in society, we need to first start with ourselves and set an example for others. Then our world will change for the better for everyone.
Candidate of Pedagogical Sciences, Associate Professor of Physical Culture Department, Russian State Social University
Aleksandr Kornev

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