Partner Blog from Scootfit - Some Under 5’s scooters are simply not fit for purpose

A push scooter is now becoming a child’s first mode of transport in their early years. A large majority of children receive a scooter for their 2nd, 3rd or 4th birthday or as a Christmas present.

Push scooters are a popular mode of transport for children getting to school and is a great form of exercise, increasing fitness and tackling childhood obesity burning 30% more calories than running or riding a bike.

Scooting has fast become a national past time which is as popular as riding a bike, or it could be argued more popular for Under 5’s.

The more fun something is, the more likely a child is to stick with it. Scooting is inclusive, with a non-specific skill requirement for children of all ages and abilities regardless of existing fitness levels. It’s also a very simple, safe and enjoyable way to develop muscles, improve fitness and reduce fat in a fun, educational and enjoyable environment.

Scooters are state of the art exercise machines but are deceptive by their ease of use, it takes practice, practice, and more practice to become confident, competent and safe at scooting.

However what if the scooter the child had been given was never going to give them the chance to have fun and transport them about?

An analogy would be, imagine you were buying a car from a dealership, it looked like a car, had 4 wheels, doors, seats, an engine and moves.

But, what if the steering wheel was not in it’s usual place, but was instead on your drivers door window at head height. You can still drive the car, but your body will be contorted and after a while will become sore, but you can still drive the car. Would you still drive it? The answer I hope will be no, and you return the car asap because it’s not fit for purpose. No matter how cheap it was.

Now, imagine you buy a child a scooter, it looks like a scooter, has 3 wheels, looks colourful and moves.

However, what if the dimensions are completely wrong in reference to the height of the handlebars, the height of the footplate from the ground and the amount of space from where the child stands on the scooter to where they grip the handlebars.

Resulting in putting undo pressure on a child’s leg and forcing it into an unnatural position detrimental to their physical wellbeing and making it impossible to scoot like credible scooters on the market.

What if thousands of these scooters were being sold to families yearly from a major high street chain unbeknown to families that they’re not actually fit for purpose.

This type of scooter makes it impossible for any child to become confident, competent and safe at scooting and their enjoyment quickly turns to disappointment in themselves. They look to support or guidance from their family but their family will not know they’ve bought a scooter not for fit for purpose and will tell the child to get on with it, telling them it’s a scooter.

The child can quickly lose their confidence or passion and start to shy away from scooting believing they can’t do it and stop practising, practising, practising. Or if they continue to use this scooter they are contorting their body.

This scenario is sadly happening to thousands of children up and down the country.

If your interested in finding out more about this please contact me - http://www.scootfit.co.uk/contact - we want a child’s enjoyment, excitement and passion for scooting not to be extinguished due to shoddy scooters being passed off as credible scooters to unwitting families.

James

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