Sean Van Staden
Columnist
4 minute read
8 Aug 2021
8:30 am

The importance of growing height in sporting development

Sean Van Staden

One of your parents’ biggest fears would be that you were too short to participate in a certain sport.

Kasper Schmeichel, goalkeeper of Denmark, celebrates after victory in the Euro 2020 Championship match against Wales. Height is regarded as beneficial to be a goalkeeper. Picture: Peter Dejong - Pool/Getty Images

Sporting parents have an aspiration to equip their children with the right coaches, right skills and tools to have a fighting chance of following in their footsteps before overtaking them. It is most parents’ hope, whether it be academics or sport, that the next generation of little humans are superior, better equipped, and smarter.  One important indicator parents should look out for is the growing height of their children on their sporting development journey. This should be tracked as early as possible, which will indicate possible problem areas ahead of time which can be addressed by professionals.  Let’s say your...