Pro Athletes & Youth Conditioning

Here are your updates to for the week of August 30, 2010 1) AUDIO – HOW PROFESSIONAL ATHLETES ARE AFFECTED BY YOUTH CONDITIONING & TRAINING Our newest Columnist is the incredible, Sue Falsone. Sue is the Head Physical Therapist for Athletes Performance, a Speaker on the Perform Better Tour and the PT for Major League Baseball’s, Los Angeles Dodgers. Quite the pedigree! In this interview, Sue explains the role of Youth Athlete Development Training and its impact she sees everyday with elite, professional athletes. Quality training at the youth level is.. More »

The 3 Rules of Youth Fitness: Part 1

Youth Fitness Rules to follow When I look around the industry, I find myself becoming more and more discontented with the view.  It seems that there is a never-ending litany of new, innovative and advanced techniques in the field of strength and conditioning that are, in essence, just re-fabricated models and methods that have proved tried and true for literally decades. This is especially true at the youth level where we tend to walk the fine line of wavering between dummying down adult-based prescription and creating ‘novel’ schemes of building the same results that can, and are developed through.. More »

Youth Fitness: The Missing Ingredient

Missing Ingredient in Youth Fitness From IYCA Columnist and internationally-acclaimed Coach, Wil Fleming: “If you truly want your athletes to succeed, the IYCA nutrition certification is an absolute must! The IYCA Nutrition Certification is just one more thing in a long line that the IYCA has produced to help those in the youth fitness industry become more complete professionals. The information contained in the certification is practical, and easy to implement to give your athletes the best tools to succeed. “Dr. Chris Mohr presents the information in an easy to understand and straightforward manner, it does not need.. More »

Young Athletes & Nutritional Supplementation

IYCA Training Advisor, Dave Gleason, posted this incredible question on our Members Only message board a few days ago: Gatorade is making a big push with its Series – Prime, Perform and Recover. I have questions about – 1) Its efficacy 2) Its quality 3) Its potential as a viable alternative for the young athletes we deal with on a day to day basis. Dr. Chris Mohr chimed in with an answer:

Professional Athletes & Youth Nutrition?

Youth Nutrition Importance The Kansas City Chiefs. Washington Red Skins, Kansas City Royals, Golden State Warriors, San Jose Sharks and University of Louisville… Not to mention Men’s Health, the Discovery Channel and Under Armor. That’s a short list of the professional sports teams, institutions and multi-media organizations who think Dr. Chris Mohr is ‘top dog’ when it comes to nutrition. And that’s precisely why I hand-picked him to create the IYCA’s “youth nutrition Specialist” certification course. Scientifically sound nutrition strategies that when implemented will improve athletic performance Reinforce effective nutrition teaching tools to provide.. More »

The Chicken or The Egg in Youth Fitness

Youth Fitness: which came first? Mobility before Stability? Stability before Mobility? I’ve read research that states both… In your practical experience, which order makes most sense in youth fitness? Please… Let us know:

Youth Conditioning Market: The Train Is Leaving…

Youth Conditioning Market: the perfect storm Fitness Professionals with acumen for business will clearly recognize that the youth conditioning market represents a literal perfect storm in terms of revenue potential and stability.  There are relatively few professionals who specialize in this niche and yet the consumer demand is growing by the day.  In fact, unlike adult-centric demographics, the youth conditioning market contains sub-niches – all of which may satiate a respective Trainers desire to work with certain individuals and not others. The most common opportunities found in the youth conditioning market are as follows – 1. Youth Conditioning.. More »

Are You Irreplaceable?

It’s not about the certifications, letters after your last name, education, experience or even results. It’s about whether or not you have made yourself indispensable. In the immortal words of modern-day marketing sage, Seth Godin, to find success, you must become a “Linchpin”. Linchpins are those things you absolutely cannot live without. They are what make your life both possible and efficient. Sometimes, they are the obvious, notable and large things. But more often than not, they are the subtle and behind-the-scenes contraptions, services or actions that most don’t even realize are there… More »

Qualifications to Work with Young Athletes

Young Athletes and the qualifications needed to train them I started my career by training nothing but Olympic Champions, National Team Competitors and Professionals Athletes. But what I came to realize is that none of those experiences made me qualified to train young athletes.  Neither would I be qualified if I had an Olympic Medal around my neck or a Super Bowl ring on my index finger. We constantly mistake ‘big names’ or ‘big credentials’ as qualified. Let me put it this way… The most impressive and decorated mathematician at NASA is a literal genius with the topic of math, but.. More »

The Secret to Speed Training for Young Athletes

Young Athletes speed training secret What’s your ‘Secret’ to making young athletes faster? Leave a comment and then read what everyone else says… … I’ll bet you’re going to be very surprised… My Secret Speed Training Method is Here —>

[Video] How to Create Inertia…

I’m giving you an inside look at EXACTLY what the first 60 minutes of each of my mornings is comprised of. And I tell you everything. :: The ‘Mapping’ system I use :: The Song Selection I have and why :: The ‘Movie’ portion of my day This one will be an absolute life-changer for you.

Endurance Training & Young Athletes

Young Athletes Endurance Training Endurance training and young athletes is an often-misunderstood topic. On one hand, there are strength coaches who tend to disregard developmentally sound elements of endurance training in lieu of producing stronger and faster young athletes via strength and power type exercises exclusively. On the other hand, there are over-zealous coaches and trainers who equate endurance to long distance/duration activities, often with little regard for the athlete’s stage of development, ability or current level of conditioning. Endurance can be defined quite simply as one’s ability to withstand fatigue or the ability to control the functional aptitude.. More »

Young Athletes & Coordination – Part 3

Young Athletes & Coordination Series Here is the third and final portion of ‘Young Athletes & Coordination’: (3) Teenage Athletes Are ‘Too Old’ Now, while there is truth to the matter that many of the sensitive periods for coordination development lay during the preadolescent phase of life, it would be shortsighted to suggest that teenage athletes should not be exposed to this type of training. Firstly, much of the training of coordination takes the form of injury preventative.  Any sort of ‘balance’ exercise, for example, requires proprioceptive conditioning and increases in stabilizer recruitment.  With ‘synchronization of movement’,.. More »

Young Athletes & Coordination – Part 2

Young Athletes & Coordination Series Part 2: Coordination – Can You Teach Young Athletes? The answer, in short, is yes. Coordination ability is not unlike any other biomotor – proficiencies in strength, speed, agility and even cardiovascular capacity (through mechanical intervention) can be taught, and at any age. The interesting caveat with coordination-based work however, is that its elements are tied directly to CNS (Central Nervous System) development and therefore have a natural sensitive period along a chronological spectrum.  The actuality of sensitive periods tends to be a contentious topic amongst researchers and many Coaches –.. More »

Young Athletes & Coordination – Part 1

Young Athletes Coordination Series In this 3-part article, I will discuss the role and significance of ‘Coordination Training’ as it relates to both preadolescent and high school athletes: The myths and falsehoods associated with young athletes Coordination Training are plenty.  I’ll outline the ‘Top 3’ here: Coordination is a singular element that is defined by a universal ability or lack of ability Coordination cannot be trained nor taught Coordination-based stimulus should be restricted to preadolescent children This article will provide a broad-based look at each of those myths and shed some light on the realities behind coordination.. More »

Youth Fitness: Question on Youth Sports Injuries

Youth Fitness Concerns ————————————————————————– Become Part of the Solution for Youth Sports Injuries… Become a ‘Youth Fitness Specialist’ Right Now: Click Here —> ————————————————————————– According to the National Center for Sports Safety: :: Overuse injuries are responsible for nearly half of all sports injuries to middle and high school students Answer this questions for me – 1) What can we do as an industry to change this reality? Here’s another stat: :: Most organized sports related injuries (62%) occur during practices rather than games 2) What needs to change in.. More »

#1 Common Question From Parents of Young Athletes

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.. More »


I admit, I didn’t get here on purpose. Try as I might to pursue other options, it somehow managed to suck me in. It consumes my nights and it often invades my thoughts during the "work day." However, I simply couldn’t and wouldn’t have it any other way. I’m a leftie by nature. Pure and unblemished out of the womb, my parents couldn’t find a leftie kid baseball glove for me as a child, so I somehow polluted myself into a current-day ambiguous hand dominance smorgasbord. Write with the left, throw with the right. Eat with the left, bowl.. More »

Youth Fitness: Inventory

Youth Fitness: Find out how to get ahead of the competition Okay, the inventory is set and ready to move! And here’s what I’ve got for you: 1) Closed-Door: How to Create Profitable & Effective Speed Camps On the Sunday of the 2009 IYCA International Summit, I did a 4-hour closed-door presentation along with Pat Rigsby: :: How to Teach Deceleration & Acceleration (6-Step Sequence) :: How to Prepare Athletes for Speed Combine Camps :: How to Create Programs that Are Effective in 1, 2 or 7 Day Speed Camps :: How.. More »

It’s Not the Values that Matter… It’s the Principles

You can get an ‘A’ by studying the night before, or you can get an ‘A’ by diligently tending to your work all semester. The fact that the outcome is the same seems to imply that the path doesn’t matter. But what about when the exam is over? Study the night before and I guarantee that every piece of information you crammed into your head will be gone inside of 60 minutes post exam. Study consistently over the semester, and your retention of the material will remain with your forever. And that is a.. More »