- Hand-eye coordination
- Bilateral coordination (how do I use both hands to catch or how do I kick with one leg while the opposite leg stays planted on the ground)
- Motor planning (how much force will it take to throw or kick the ball, where do I need to move to catch the ball)
- Balance (how do I shift my weight to kick a ball and remain standing)
- Spatial awareness & Memory (how do I move my body to avoid running into someone)
- Social skills (turn taking, cause & effect)
So each time a child plays ball, signals are sent between lobes of the brain, strengthening those pathways for future experiences including reading, writing, carrying a lunch tray, and beyond!
Article written by: Amanda Cramer, DPT