I look forward to reading and learning from the fascinating and insightful blog posts by many of the World’s top youth coaches and am writing this article as a follow-up inspired by two of the very best. Brian Grasso and Lee Taft are people that rightfully deserve the utmost respect for the wisdom and practical learning opportunities they frequently present in their blogs, and two recent posts in particular have led me to put together this article to offer my thoughts on what is a critical but often overlooked aspect of youth development.
by Dr. Toby J. Brooks, PhD, ATC, CSCS, YCS-2, PES Hopefully you were able to attend the recent Second Annual IYCA International Summit in Louisville, Kentucky in person. If not, then perhaps you were able to catch the live streaming video or the soon-to-be-released DVDs. At any rate, just prior to my presentation, IYCA founder and CEO Brian Grasso introduced me to the attendees. Now Brian is certainly a wordsmith, but something he mentioned really resonated with me and got me thinking. It was the simple power of the offer.
Brian, I have been searching for information about training kids for some time and, thankfully, I came across your group via StrengthCoach.com. I am not a trainer, but I coach a lot of team sports ages 5-11, coinciding with the ages of my own 4 kids. I do find a lot of parental interest in training kids more effectively for general athleticism and fitness. I have even thought of putting together some small classes, as I have a built-in clientele. Would your Level 1 certification be enough for me to work with a few kids on a basic.. More »
To Brian, I have a question about the Youth Speed and Agility Cert. Before I start I just want to introduce myself- my name is Bill and I am a High School Physical Education Teacher and an NSCA Strength Coach. I train at a gym after school (ages 8- college level). I have been following the IYCA for about a year now and I’m very impressed with everything you’ve done. I’ve also just sent in my exam for YFS1. Brian I am torn between getting Lee Taft’s Ground Breaking 2 DVD and the IYCA Youth Speed and Agility.. More »
Hi Brian – My name is Brett and I’m a PTA, ATC, CSCS. I recently purchased the Youth Fitness Specialist – Level 1 and currently going over it. I work in a busy outpatient orthopedic physical therapy clinic and we will be moving to bigger space in June. aprrox 10,000 square feet. We are looking to develop a youth fitness program at our clinic and I had a few questions to see if you could help out. 1. Do you have different levels within each age range? For example, do you stay with the same program with a.. More »
Quick, make ‘em sweat it all off! by Dr. Kwame M. Brown Brian and Pat asked me to review and write something on this article Premature death is more likely in obese children USAToday.com 2/11/10 To begin, I am sure that kids that spend their lives being obese from a young age will shorten their lifespan overall, and more importantly will decrease quality of life. I am also sure that most people think that. However, I have some real problems with this study. Sensational title, then when you read further….uhhh…
Hey Brian, My question is your certification is it more for training young athletes or can it also be used to help with Overweight/obese kids, or teens? I am currently a personal trainer and I really want to specialize in overweight youth because I see so much of it everyday at my job. I hope you can answer my question. – Michael
Pardon the pun, but all my work with this vision training specialist has really served to open my eyes! The eye itself has a primary goal of shaping incoming stimulus into something that can be used by the brain. Simple visual patterns can be detected and converted to useable neural signals more quickly than complex visual patterns, the difference in processing time being between 80 milliseconds for simple images versus 260 milliseconds for complex images. Quite obviously, the difference in processing time affects reaction time, which in turn can drastically affect.. More »
I really want to know… What was the Summit like for you? The atmosphere? The Speakers? The content? The fellowship with other IYCA Family Members worldwide? What was it like for you? Is the Summit different or the same as other fitness conferences you’ve been to? Please… Take a moment to tell me below.
"What can you guys do, from Head Office, to improve society’s recognition of the IYCA" That was George’s question to me. What can I do from my end? How can I make it so that every parent and coach in your area has heard of the IYCA and understands that your credentials with us mean that you are one of the best in the world. I’m going to be reading your comments very carefully… … So be sure to leave one below… – Brian P.S – Would you like to earn our ‘Youth.. More »
In this second part, we will explore some ways that we as coaches, PE teachers, and trainers can contribute to solving the problems of exclusion and bullying. What IS the Solution? The solution seems fairly obvious to me. Find ways to mix competition with cooperation. Instead of choosing your young athletes based on their perceived potential, be about the business of helping all kids enjoy sports. When you see these ego-driven, bullying / dominance situations – discuss this with kids. Ask the right questions to help them understand implications. Do I as a coach or trainer truly understand competition?.. More »
by Dr. Kwame M Brown This will be the first of two parts, exploring the connections between social awareness and bullying / exclusion. The purpose of this first part is to call out the issue in the larger scope of the lives of children / teens. The second part will explore some ways those of us who work with children can attempt to change the landscape as it currently exists. Since these articles are appearing in a blog, they will obviously not be a full dissertation, exploring every detail. The purpose here is to start a valuable discussion. A.. More »
by Wil Fleming – www.beforcefit.com We have all seen this scenario before: An athlete taking attempts at a max weight and missing attempt after attempt. This happens all the time when an athlete is taking attempts in Olympic lifting. Missed clean, rest, try again, miss again, “Okay last attempt” miss again. As a coach if you are encountered with this you try to take the opportunity of a brief failure to tell the athlete all the aspects of a lift that were successful, but where do you go from there? We all train our athletes for success. That.. More »
Tony Reynolds says… Treadmill – The belt pulls your leg through resulting in relatively passive extension of the hip. Passive extension would then minimize the contribution of the primary hip extensors. This can be offset a bit by inclining the treadmill, but still does not match the recruitment patterning of running on the ground. Ground – YOU pull your leg through. Therefore land running involves active hip extension. You are never going to improve speed of extension or the force generation capacity of that extension when you utilize an activity that minimizes the contributions.. More »
So a great question was asked on the message board over at www.IYCAMembers.com a couple of days ago. "Why are high speed running treadmills NOT recommended for training young athletes?" I’ve been talking about this issue for as long as I can remember. So naturally… I offered my two cents. Here are my thoughts:
1) Understanding Long-Term, Developmental Fitness 2) Art of Coaching 3) Nutrition as a Lifestyle 4) Speed & Agility (MOVEMENT) Training No particular order. Just the four things I think are the most important in terms of quality athletic development programs. ABD the things that Coaches/Trainers must understand most. What do you think? Want to rank my Top 4? Want to suggest something else?
by Dr. Toby J. Brooks, PhD, ATC, CSCS, YCS-2, PES As I have shared here before, I just started a new job at Texas Tech University. During my first week on the job, we had a record high temperature on Monday, record snowfall on Wednesday, and fired our long-tenured and fan favorite head football coach. What a week! At any rate, I am settling in and getting ready for the upcoming spring semester.
On Tuesday January 26, I am hosting a live and free Teleseminar with Chris to answer ANY and ALL of your questions related to young athlete nutrition. EVENT: Young Athlete Nutrition DATE & TIME: Tuesday, January 26th at 8:00pm Eastern FORMAT: Simulcast! (Attend via Phone or Webcast — it’s your choice) TO ATTEND THIS EVENT, CLICK THIS LINK NOW… —-> http://www.AttendThisEvent.com/?eventid=10949619 Now, in the meantime, I need you to go to ask any question you have about Nutrition. Any question. I’ll ask your questions to Chris live on the Teleseminar. Now, I’m also giving.. More »
Kids Fitness Physiology by Dr. Kwame M. Brown This article will by no means be an exhaustive discussion of the evidence, but I look forward to elaborating as we get responses. Installment #476 in things I keep hearing people say: “You should lock out the joints at the end of a (bench press, squat, etc)”. The joints need stress to get stronger.” By this logic I should do the following: 1. Beat my head against a wall to protect myself from brain injuries (After all I am putting my cranium under much needed.. More »
Youth Coaching Dan Parsons had the greatest impact on my Youth Coaching career. Bar none. Of all the wonderful Coaches I have had the sincere pleasure of meeting and working with over the years, he, by far and away, is the one that stands out to me. I was 22. Young and very ambitious. Dan was a seasoned veteran and had worked with literally hundreds of young athletes through his career. And wow… what a role model he became to me. He taught me about the scientific concepts of long-term athlete development. .. More »