Young Athletes: Flexibility versus Mobility

Young Athletes Priorities by Mike Robertson What is the difference between Flexibility and Mobility? I’ve always used the Bill Hartman definitions; they go something like this: Mobility – Range of motion under specific circumstances (specific) Flexibility – Range of motion about a joint (non-specific) So mobility is specific to a certain movement – i.e. you need a certain amount of hip mobility to squat, lunge, etc. In contrast, flexibility is non-specific – i.e. you lay someone on their back and stretch their hamstrings. This gives you an idea of their flexibility, but it’s.. More »

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Childhood Obesity: The Threat To Youth Fitness

Childhood Obesity Liz D: I’ve posted a question on a local moms forum asking what parents think are the root causes of Childhood Obesity/inactivity. Certainly the typical ideas came forth: too much fast food, lack of exercise, not getting kids engaged in good habits early. One idea did strike me and I’ve heard other moms tell me this. Heck, I even live this circumstance now: One serious threat to youth activity is the lack of safety in our neighborhoods. We have so much access to information that we know when a sex offender moves into.. More »

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Young Athletes: The Key to Agility Is Positioning

Young Athletes Agility Tony Reynolds says… Personally, I have never thought of flexibility or mobility as a factor that plays a huge role in an athlete being able to assume an athletic stance. I do not see where there is enough flexion/extension in any joint throughout the chain where this is really an issue. If you are getting that low you are never going to be overly quick out of the position. For me, it has always been a matter of reeducation. Young athletes simply have no idea how to align their bodies to create the.. More »

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Youth Fitness Coaches Integrity

Youth Fitness Coaches by Dr. Toby Brooks, PhD, ATC, CSCS, YCS-II, PES “Integrity is what we do, what we say, and what we say we do.” -Don Galer It is a difficult time for anyone, particularly entrepreneurial newcomers, to be in business given the corporate climate in our nation and our world. With one time “blue chip,” can’t miss stocks selling for pennies on the dollar, 401k’s evaporating before our very eyes, and staggering job losses the world over, it is tempting to consider means by which to trim excesses and help the bottom line.

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Training Olympic Lifting in Younger Populations

Training Olympic Lifting by Wil Fleming – How soon should you start training Olympic lifting technique in young athletes? My answer? As soon as the athlete walks in your door. As soon as a young athlete starts training at my facility we are either doing the Olympic lifts or preparing them to eventually perform the lifts. I do not advocate loading up a bar and telling younger athletes to start cleaning and snatching immediately, but I do advocate training the technique and qualities that produce great Olympic lifts later in training. Athletes at any age must learn.. More »

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Young Athletes: Individual and Team Training – Mutually Exclusive?

Young Athletes Coaching I have seen a fair amount of discussion on the merits of individual long term training vs. team long term training.  I will submit a later entry to compare short term vs. long term training.  My question is:  Why do any of these things have to be mutually exclusive? All I want to do here is share some approaches I or associates have used in the past with my young athletes: Whole team long term training: The positives: There is a long term relationship where the team can get used to a.. More »

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Training Young Athletes – Big Mistake

Training Young Athletes I admit to being annoyed on my call with Brad. Not by him, but by the advice he was given, It’s not a bad thing to say “I don’t know.” You can’t know everything. But yet again, I find more examples of people who think they do. Training Young athletes need specific protocols And if you don’t know what those ‘specifics’ are, why not just say so? How to train young baseball players is the topic of this video but you better believe that it applies to ALL young athletes… More »

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Young Athletes: Are they an Oak or a Squash?

Young Athletes Development “It takes God a hundred years to make an oak, but it only takes Him two months to make a squash.” –President James Garfield In our results-now, win at all costs, sports-crazed society, many athletes, coaches, parents, and professionals seem to have lost sight of the goal of sport and physical activity for growing young athletes.  What is currently widely marketed as “athletic development” by individuals across the country is, in many instances, quick-fix training designed to show immediate results.  While results are great, young athletes and their parents and coaches must be certain.. More »

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Youth Speed Certification – Final Opportunity to Save

Youth Speed Certification Well, this is your very last chance to take advantage of the special offer I created for you… Your exclusive $100 discount and free ‘Successful Speed Camps’ videos and business resources will be available until 3pm today only. After 3pm, the price of this landmark Youth Speed Certification goes back up to its original price and the free bonus will sell for $97. So basically, by taking action right now, you are gaining my entire, fool-proof system for running highly profitable, highly successful Speed Camps for absolutely no charge, and saving roughly.. More »

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3 Keys to Successful Speed Camps

Speed Camps Revenue Before I get into the 3 Keys to successful speed camps, I wanted to tell you that after much deliberation we’ve decided to give you access the online version of the closed door Workshop that Pat Rigsby and I did on running Profitable Speed Camps & Clinics when you order the Youth Speed Specialist Certification before tomorrow at 3pm. This was previously only available to people who attended the webinar this past Monday, but we’ve decided that this information is too powerful to exclude those that couldn’t attend the webinar. So you can.. More »

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Youth Speed Certification – Your Questions Answered

Youth Speed Certification While thousands of people worldwide have already taken advantage of the “$100 Off” discount I’ve offered you on my new Speed & Agility Specialist Certification, hundreds more have been emailing in some specific questions about the course itself. So, I decided it would be a good idea to get you some answers. 1.) Is the Youth Speed & Agility Specialist Certification Right For Me? Great question and easy answer… If you work with young athletes or youth fitness participants in anyway, than 100% YES!! Strength & Conditioning Coaches.. More »

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Fitness Programs For Kids: Top 3 Keys To Speed Training

Fitness Programs For Kids International superstar Speed Coach Lee Taft and I agree on almost everything related to training athletes. Together, we have found through our combined 40 years of experience that these are the 3 most important factors to a successful speed training program – Speed Key #1 – Create a Developmental System Training for speed has to be developmental in nature. With younger athletes (6 – 9 years old) training for speed is a matter of allowing kids to explore various aspects of movement from a self-learning perspective. As a Coach or Trainer, your objective is.. More »

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Youth Fitness Speed Certification – No Charge?

Youth Fitness Speciality Couple of urgent things for you. And yes, one of them is me explaining how you can get my brand-new Speed & Agility Certification for absolutely no charge whatsoever. Read on… Okay, my first order of business is simple. All the knowledge and know-how in the world doesn’t mean that you will have a profitable career in this industry. Attrition rates are high. The poor economy is causing Trainers and Coaches worldwide to pack it in and start looking somewhere else for income and a livelihood. But you.. More »

When Do You Train Young Athletes?

Train Young Athletes Correctly From a study published in the Swimming Science Bulletin. Authored by Brent S. Rushall & John Marsden: "All sports require high degree of skill for superior performance. The major emphasis of a (youth athletic) training program should be skill excellence. For skills to be developed, learning should occur in non-fatigued states… It is advisable to schedule auxiliary training sessions either after a (sport) session or at some time that allows complete recovery from its execution so that no residual fatigue is carried over". I’ve never mentioned this in literature, but have advocated.. More »

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Olympic Lifting With Young Athletes: Hang Cleans for Dramatic Athletic Improvement

Olympic Lifting With Young Athletes I was speaking yesterday to a fellow strength and conditioning professional and the question came up “Do you like to do cleans from the floor or from the hang?” Considering that my first experiences with training came at the age of 15 in an Olympic lifting club where we competed regularly in the sport of Olympic lifting, you might just assume that my answer is from the floor. It was what I was first introduced to and where I cut my teeth in training. It turns out though that the answer is not.. More »

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Pretend Play for Youth Fitness

Youth Fitness This subject can actually get quite complex, because we are delving into the inner workings of the developing brain, with billions of neurons. However, as much as we have to learn, we do know some things. I will try to break down this subject of how pretend can be beneficial for development. Everyone knows that kids pretend. It’s often considered a frivolous, useless activity. I find this a curious conclusion. Why would kids all over the world, no matter the culture, engage in pretend play if it was so useless? Why are our brains wired.. More »

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Children’s Health & Lucky Charms – Is This Good or Bad?

Children’s Health Children’s Health, a new magazine as part of the "Men’s Health" brand, will be released soon. I’m interested. Anxious. Curious. A new and improved trend or more of the same fluff? It’s very easy to throw stones. In fact, one of the biggest lessons my Dad ever taught me was about that particular issue. "It’s easier to throw a brick at a house than it is to build one yourself" Dad’s words have always been a staple in my professional life. So, without opinion, criticism or negative.. More »

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Youth Fitness Professionals: My Job Is To Equip You

Youth Fitness Professionals There is no real danger in kids performing machine based training under the proper supervision and appropriate guidelines. Many studies done the world over have concluded that strength based training programs done on this kind of fitness equipment is very safe for young children (again under appropriate guidelines). My issue is not whether or not kids CAN perform this kind of training, my question is WHY they need to. Back tracking for a second, I have watched (as I’m sure we all have) a very young baby struggle to get to their feet. In.. More »

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