Plastic Trophy Syndrome

by Dr. Toby J. Brooks, PhD, ATC, CSCS, YCS-2, PES I just can’t shake the awful feeling. In a mixture of emotions that included gratitude, despair, frustration, and anger, I recently watched my oldest child, my six year old daughter Brynnan, play tee ball. I have been involved with young athletes for quite a long time, and have worked with developed athletes even longer. However, this year marks my first foray as a parent to a young athlete playing organized sports. And wow, what an experience.

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Warming Up For Sport – What? Why? How?

By Richie Whall What is the purpose of the warm-up? Why do we warm-up? How do we warm-up? The majority of coaches and athletes will perform some form of warm-up prior to training or competition but how often do we actually take the time to think about: :: What we need to do to warm-up appropriately :: Why we do what we are currently doing to warm-up, or :: Wow can the warm-up be conducted more effectively? In my previous article I discussed a goals – principles – strategies – activities approach to developing.. More »

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IYCA Youth Fitness & Sport Training Courses Available In College

After only 5 years, IYCA earns incredible credibility within the ‘Fitness Education’ world April 19, 2010: The IYCA has created a specific course blending the theory and practicality of Youth Fitness & Sport Training for students at the post-secondary level. Both Southern Illinois University and Texas Tech University have begun offering this IYCA specific course as undergraduate electives for Exercise Science students at both institutions. The IYCA, founded in 2003 and to market since 2005, serves as the only entity in the entire fitness and sport training world that specifically educates both professionals and students on the.. More »

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Maximize Your Young Athletes’ Time

Earlier this week I was asked to consult with a local youth football organization. Ordinarily, these types of consulting services include me conducting conference call educational seminars with as many as 30 – 40 coaches at one time. I present on the topics that they have requested as they listen and follow along with a Power Point presentation that I email to them prior to the call starting. At the end of my presentation, we all enjoy a round-table discussion in which they are free to ask me anything they want in reference to how my ‘Grasso.. More »

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Important Q&A – Youth Fitness Business

OK, so emails have been pouring in and rather than returning them one at a time, I figured it would be easier to just answer the main questions I’ve been getting through a quick email… About the ‘A – Z Youth Fitness Business System‘: 1) Is the ‘A – Z’ System right for me? Well, I guess that depends. Here’s who Pat and I created the System for:

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A More Successful Fitness Career

Whether we like it or not, the fitness industry is a business. Learn how to increase revenue, or consider your work nothing more than a glorified hobby. Harsh, but true. I’ve told you about the new ‘A – Z Youth Fitness Business’ System over the past couple of days… Now, here’s what’s inside that system:

Young Athletes, Coaches and Parents

Dave Gleason. A World-Class Coach. And without question, a World-Class Dad. I’ve had the honor of getting to know Dave over the past several months and I can attest to both of the above statements without any reservation. So, and to the point of what Dave and I were discussing… Can parenthood prepare you to be a quality Coach?

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The Young Athlete Who Changed My Life

Young Athlete Who Changed My Life This story is going to change your day. It may even change your perspective permanently. I’m going to tell you about Tom – the young athlete who changed my life. Exactly 7 years, 3 months and 5 days into my career as an Athletic Development Specialist, Tom walked into my training center with his Mom. I had been prompted on the phone the week before. "Tom had an accident when he was a child" I was told by Tom’s mother. "He is a very bright boy,.. More »

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Athletes Vs. Coaches?

"In order to be a good Coach, you have to have played the sport you’re Coaching" "Those who can’t, Coach" "Great Athletes make crappy Coaches" "The best kind of Coach is the one who was the best Athlete" Those are all comments I heard during casual conversation at my nephew’s basketball game this past weekend. What do you think? Is any of that correct or just standard societal dogma with no real truth? Post your comments below… – Brian

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How Do I Get "In" With High School Coaches?

Hi Brian, I am trying to do a speed camp in my area and here is the question: Who do I talk to? Athlete’s parent? High school coaches? A friend of mine said go to the high school coaches and talk to them. I know I have to talk about what I do, but I need to be sure that I say it right and not get too complicated but make it simple and easy for them to understand. As you are aware many HS coaches do lot of training differently than what we do, so I just.. More »

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Movement Patterns & Young Athletes

by Dr. Kwame M. Brown First, we need to understand how the human body works during movements. In a nutshell, the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) controls the muscles so that they can move efficiently to use energy wisely and to avoid injury. The central nervous system, in turn receives information about what’s happening from the muscles. Because of this process, movement patterns become important.

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How Important is Coaching?

Families listen to each other (at least functional families do!!). Which is why your thoughts and opinions are important to me. Here are the questions I would like your thoughts on: 1) What are your ‘Top 3′ factors for someone becoming the very best Youth Fitness Specialist they could be (i.e. Communication, Programming Skill, Kinesiology Knowledge etc) 2) If you were teaching another Trainer how to be an effective Coach/Communicator, what is the first thing you would want to teach them? I am DYING to hear what you have to say… – Brian.. More »

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IYCA Equips Industry with New & Innovative Learning Opportunities

‘Crash Courses’ teach professional trainers 1 year worth of college material in 1 week March 15, 2010: In an effort to allow busy Trainers and Fitness Professionals the ability to enhance their knowledge in a condensed, but effective way, the IYCA has created a serious of ‘Crash Courses’. Written and produced by Dr. Toby Brooks, Research and Education Director for the IYCA and Professor at Texas Tech University, each course contains a wealth of information pertaining to Kinesiology, Kinematics and Athletic Movement.

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What Do I Mean By Training System?

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.

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The Power of the Offer

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.

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Is the IYCA Good for Parent Coaches?

Brian, I have been searching for information about training kids for some time and, thankfully, I came across your group via 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 »

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Groundbreaking DVD vs. Youth Speed Certification

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 »

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Running a Youth Fitness Program

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 »

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Kids are all going to die of obesity!

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 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…

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