I had an absolutely amazing meeting yesterday about Young Athletes.
It was with Scott Hopson – the international Director of
Education for Power Plate.
Known widely as ‘vibration training’, Scott wanted to get
together with me in order to discuss the potential of using
vibration training with young athletes.
Now, I have only known Scott for a few months, but already
understood him to be an exceptionally intelligent man and
someone who I respect a great deal.
Having said that – I had my reservations about the meeting.
I am a traditionalist to the core when it comes to creating
training programs and developmental strategies for young
athletes, and I really wasn’t terribly convinced that
vibration training would have much of a place in my system.
Boy was I wrong!
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not about to change directions with
my career or add a new component to my training systems,
but my meeting with Scott taught me a lot about something in
…. I have been right for a long time.
We talked about nervous system fatigue and its impact on
progressing a young athletes’ ability.
We discussed the importance of creating proper habitual
patterns of movement and the role that has sporting success.
We shared our views on over-training parameters and the effect that can have on young athletes injury potential.
Scott offered his perspective and I offered mine.
And we were in full agreement with each other.
In fact, the conversation drew me back to an experience I
had earlier that day with one of my Young Athletes.
Britney is a 14 year old soccer player who is currently
attending my summer development camp.
And yesterday morning, she came looking tired, pale and
extremely low energy.
After chatting with her and her Mom about what was the
matter, I found out that for the past few nights, Britney
had been trying out for a new soccer team and that each of
the 2-hour practices had involved nothing more than wind
sprints and various forms of ‘agility’ training.
Her new Coach, it seems, considers this time of year to be
the ‘pre-season’ and so was working at increasing the level
of his athlete’s ‘mental toughness’ and ‘conditioning’.
And this is the kind of crap that goes on day-in and day-out
worldwide with respect to young athletes and sport.
Coaches who don’t know.
Trainers who don’t get it.
And the troubling part is that it really is a simple equation.
Any sort of training stimulus sends the body into a
state of catabolism (a breaking down phase).
If the training was not too tough and in accordance with
proper recovery strategies (sleep, nutrition etc) the body
will ‘bounce’ from this catabolic state and become anabolic
(a building up phase).
But the primary factor necessary for this to happen is the
‘toughness’ of the training.
And I’ve got to tell you, we absolutely stink at this particular point.
We make things hard all the time for our young athletes and
truly believe that if they aren’t sweating or near
exhaustion, the training session just wasn’t worth the time.
Nothing and I am nothing could be farther from the truth.
That’s not to say you don’t train your Young Athletes hard
from time to time or create enough bodily stress in order
to create an adaptation – you certainly do.
But it’s the mindless attention we pay to the ‘hard’
component of our training programs that need a serious
On this topic specifically, here’s what you’re going to
learn in Complete Athlete Development:
1) Why training sessions that last more than 50 minutes are
a bad idea for teenage athletes.
2) How to create a training system that keeps your young
athletes getting faster, stronger and more flexible without
the risk of over-training them.
3) How to design speed and strength programs that are
exactly what young athletes need – in the right doses and
using the correct form.
You know, many Trainers want to earn a living working with
Several Coaches want to know what’s best so they can create
Most Parents will shell out thousands on dollars in order
to ensure the sporting success of their children.
And yet just over $200 for a complete system that shows you
all of that is considered ‘not worth it’ by some.
Honestly, I don’t think I understand that.
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Because what you don’t know is destroying our young athletes.
‘Till next time,