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Sport Specific Youth Training: Part 1

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As a given sport evolves and the participants within that sport begin to break records and perform what was once considered impossible, you can be sure that advancements in training and conditioning regimes have occurred within that sport. Very few athletes ever become great sport technicians without the inclusion of a comprehensive athletic development and conditioning program as part of their training package. Over the past decade, the type of training and conditioning performed by young, developing and elite athletes has gone from basic fitness to more functionally- based and developmental activities. Figure skating and all of the disciplines under that umbrella are such examples.

 

Youth Training

 

For example, many training coaches prescribe that their skaters practice landing jumps and performing balance based skills (such as spirals) off the ice. On the other side of the spectrum, there are the ‘athletic developers’ who tend not to concern themselves with producing specified strength gains but instead work more directly at improving the complete athletic profile of the skater. The general conception among these professionals is that the greater degree of athleticism the skater has, the more likely he or she will be able to carry out athletic skills. While traditionalists often incorporate basic and conventional exercises into their training programs, the athletic developers come from a more movement based perspective. This style of conditioning is often referred to as ‘functional’ training, which is in fact a misnomer. Let’s examine that.

 

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Youth Fitness: The "Quality vs. Quantity" Mistake

 

 

Here’s what IYCA Member Paul Clarke had to say in response to my
question about the biggest problem in youth fitness and sport training:

 

"The major problem in youth fitness as I see it is coaches that advocate and live the
mantra of working harder instead of smarter. Invariably this leads to
a quantity over quality approach
."

 

I couldn’t agree more with Paul.

 

It’s being popularized in a different circle right now, but for roughly
ten years, I’ve been saying….

 

Any fool can make a young athlete tired, but it takes a real COACH
to make them better.

 

My first job out of college was as a Performance Coach at a training
center for professional, Olympic and National Team athletes in Canada.

 

We also did a lot of work with young athletes.

 

One of my first meetings as a staff member at this facility is a moment
in time that I will truly never forget.

 

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