Young Athletes and secrets to success
“Do you do ‘Sport-Specific’ Training”?
Well, let me give you the cold hard facts… It doesn’t exist. Especially not with young athletes.
When working with preadolescent and high school athletes, the undeniable reality is that we are tending to an organism that is in the process of growth. And that fact is something that we cannot do anything about, nor cause disruption to the process of.
What a growing and maturing body needs in order to remain injury-free and develop optimal athletic skill is variety. With respect to training, this amounts to NOT having a hyper-focus on making a young athlete a better football player by only doing exercises in the gym that the NFL players would do.
The strongest and fastest athletes in any sport are the ones who had the greatest diversity of training while they were young. And believe it or not, this means that the training program for a female soccer player shouldn’t deviate that much from a male baseball player.
In time, yes, more specific training programs will be necessary to maintain or improve upon the strength and power needs for a specific sport or position – In time being the operative point.
As a general rule, throughout high school, roughly 70% of a young athletes training program should be based on general fitness and athletic ability.
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