Influence of Surfing on the Child’s Psychomotricity Development
By Inês Tralha
“Psychomotricity can be defined as the trans-disciplinary field that studies and investigates relationships and the reciprocal and systemic influences between psyche and motricity.” Vitor da Fonseca (1988)
In general, sports activities in which balance is one of the most present skills, such as swimming, skating, cycling, and surfing, are very important for the child’s psychomotor structures.
The experiences acquired by the practice itself allow the success of the action in these activities, enabling the self-dynamization and, thus giving favorable conditions to the discovery of the own SELF/ME.
If swimming is good for health, surfing is at the very least optimum, because in addition to swimming, children dive, paddle, slide down, slide and perform tactile, pulling, gripping, holding movements that are not normally required in the practice of conventional swimming. Sidney Ferreira Farias
While in contact with the practice of Surfing, the child builds the physiological bases of performance, such as strength, speed and resistance in its most varied specifications, where muscular activity is predominant. These bases, which will be interconnected by coordination to motor qualities, will develop locomotion processes, involving skill, agility, mobility and other more complex qualities.
In and out of the waves and in the continuous repetition of new movements the child learns more about experiences that are fundamental for their motor development, including the correct handling of the material objects. DEFONTAINE (1980).
In this exercise they learn more than later in all their training, at a later age, explains Defonteine (1980).
Surfing educates the kids, while they are having fun!
Vítor da Fonseca, (2001), Psychomotricity – Multidisciplinary Perspectives, Anchors Publishers
Defontaine, Joel. Comic psychomoticity. Editora Manole, São Paulo, 1980.
Gutemberg, A. Words of Parents of Surfers Mirins. Inter-Surf (1987).