At Strider Sports we read scientific reports so you don't have to! As a 'Preferred Vendor' with Head Start Body Start we were forwarded a research paper From Playpen to Playground -- the Importance of Physical Play for the Motor Development of Young Children by Dr. Jeffrey Trawick-Smith. (Please refer to the Bibliography on hyperlink for quoted materials) The paper is not linked to Strider in any way, but the findings clearly point to the benefits of play in all the ways that a Strider excels in.
The paper is a fascinating (20 page) look at how a "sedentary play style in the early years is likely to lead to an overall sedentary lifestyle; that is, inactive preschoolers are highly likely to become inactive adults" (Reilly & Jackson 2004)
"Play enhances attention, memory, self-regulation, and overall academic achievement throughout childhood"(Castelli, et. al., 2007) Trawick-Smith didn't write this paper with Strider in mind, but the research kept pointing to the importance of "moveable play equipment, such as riding toys...the message to teachers is clear: Inspire children to move, to move with vigor and to keep moving for significant periods of time each day."
Some other take aways from the article are:
1. A challenging, engaging play environment will acquire more intellectually advanced and varied play activities. (Doctoroff, 2001)
2. Parents used twice as many verbalizations and 10 times as many communicative gestures when playing...than when reading stories to them.(Namy, Acredolo, &Goodwyn, 2000)
3. Studies confirm that active play is vital to cognitive development in preschool-age children and that poor motor development can actually inhibit academic learning. (Trawick-Smith, 2010)
4. Begin Motor Play Early, Make Movement Enjoyable, Insure that play is vigorous and prolonged, Integrate movement throughout the day.
5. Send Play Outdoors: Countless studies have shown that outdoor play from birth to age five produces developmental outcomes that simply can't be achieved indoors. Outdoor play should be active play.
6. One study found a strong association between the number of natural features in a play environment (e.g., grass, trees, hills, running water) and the activity level of Children. (Fjørtoft, 2004)
All of the highlights from Dr. Trawick-Smith point back to the many benefits a Strider PREbike will have for your child. At Strider we are enthusiastic about a lot of things; Active Play, Adventure, Fitness, Inspiring the next generation of bicyclists, and Encouraging families to explore in the Great Outdoors together, just to name a few!
This last weekend there were 3 Strider Cup races in the U.S.A. We're working feverishly to get up photos, race results and interact with parents about their experiences. If you have any photos, video or stories to share check us out on our Strider Facebook or StriderCup Facebook wall! In the meantime here is an inspirational video from YouTube. This little guy is going to make a great head coach some day!
If he would have learned on a Strider the cuteness factor of this speech would have been multiplicatively greater!
Go check out our Facebook wall and share some inspiration in the form of photos, video or Strider success stories from your Strider riders!
Founded by Ryan McFarland (an avid mountain biker and all around outdoorsy guy), Strider Sports International is all about family fun and developing the next generation of Mountain culture enthusiasts. That is why we are especially pleased to be a sponsor of the Gunnison River Festival! Along with there will also be a Strider Cup race taking place on Saturday, June 25th at 2pm.
If you are from Gunnison, Colorado or plan on being down in the area from June 24th-26th plan on attending as a participant or part of the crowd. There will be world class Kayaking, Mountain Biking, Rafting fun for the entire family and Music!
Strider Sports International has been talking about the useless nature and dangers of the tricycle since opening our doors in 2007. Many parents find out about Strider after becoming frustrated with Trikes and Training Wheels...which is the same journey that led Ryan down the road to inventing the Strider PREbike.
We love this video that we found on YouTube for a couple reasons. Watch as Grace does circles around her older brother riding a tricycle. He is unable to pedal easily, Unable to turn around without standing up and doesn't look like he's having nearly as much fun as Grace! If you took the horn off the trike we doubt he'd be having fun at all. (There is also a training wheel bike sitting there unused)
We found a great GoPro video of Devin on his orange Strider! Devin's camera is mounted on his handlebars and bike frame to give you a totally different perspective on the Strider experience.
When Devin lets out his YAHOO! we bet you can't keep from smiling...we couldn't.
Strider is currently selling in 22 countries and we want to build a map with images of children from all over the world! Do you live on the planet earth and have a child who loves riding their Strider? Some countries we're sure to get a ton of photos from, some only one or two and some we still need to spread the Strider message to.
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Tweet, Retweet, forward, Digg, Mixx, Like us and let all your friends know to add to the list and diversity!
Intro: James Bond theme song
Location: The secret lair of BEBMX (Box Elder BMX)
Plot: BEBMX's ultimate victory in the Strider Adult Downhill Race and the top prize of $700 for the modified class!
Enter: Strider Espionage and Counter Intelligence Squad
At great personal peril an agent of the Strider Espionage and Counter Intelligence Squad was able to infiltrate into BEBMX's Lair and take some photos of their super secret Strider Adult Downhill Rig!
After snapping a few photos of the bike with our hidden (very discreet) bow-tie camera we high tailed it out of there and headed back to Strider HQ. Will Box Elder BMX rule the day or will they rue the day? Find out on Sunday, May 29th at the Black Hills Fat Tire Festival. Who will put together a contender to the mighty BEBMX Behemoth Blue Strider!
In just over two weeks the Strider Cup and Strider Adult Downhill will be rolling into Striderville (Rapid City, SD)! We'll have a booth at the Black Hills Fat Tire Festival and it is guaranteed to be a great time for riders from 18 months to 99 years old.
If you already own a Strider for you little ones then come on down and ride with some other Strider riders (This is especially great if they are just learning). If you don't have a Strider yet then come on down and try one out! We'll have demo bikes to ride for free and also bikes for sale.
We don't have all the specifics yet, but the photos and video from Strider Cup Japan are just too good not to share right away. The event was held in niigata and was a huge success! The kids were all very excited to race and the huge crowd had a lot of fun cheering them on.
One interesting thing about the Japanese riders is the amount of customization they do to their Striders. The video has some footage riding around town, practicing at a local dirt park and then goes into the big Strider Cup race!
Strider feels privileged to be a small reprieve from the hard times occurring in Japan recently. It is nice to see kids being kids and their family and friends cheering them on.
We love getting Strider success stories from parents. We really love Strider success stories from parents who have been able to use their Striders as therapy. Below is a testimonial we got from Kelly this week.
I have a 4 ½ year-old son. He started on the Strider at 24 months. He took to it immediately. He can now ride a bike without training wheels. This is a typical story for a Strider rider. However, my son is not a typical child. He has Sensory Integration Dysfunction. His weaknesses are specifically in gross motor skills and gross motor planning. His physical and occupational therapists said that most kids at his level are not able to master riding a bike until at least 7 if not older. The Strider allowed him to separate the skills of balancing and pedaling so that he could concentrate on only one at a time. In addition, they said that most kids, and especially those with Sensory Integration Dysfunction, crave fast movement. It is something that allows them to develop a sense of where they are in space which strengthens the mind so that it can develop so many other gross motor skills, such as balance. The Strider definitely allows children to experience fast movement and practice their balancing skills. In addition, to all of this it is a great confidence booster for children. When people see them at the park and marvel at their ability to master riding a bike at such a young age, they just beam. There is nothing more important than a child’s self-esteem, if they have that they can do anything!