Archive for “Organism” Tag

#1 Common Question From Parents of Young Athletes

[wpfblike]

Young Athletes and secrets to success

young athletes

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 to NOT having a hyper-focus on making a young athlete a better football player by only doing exercises in the gym that the NFL players would do.

(more…)

The X’s and O’s of Training Young Athletes

 

Training Young Athletes

What a young organism needs to experience in the way of physical stimulus can largely be deduced by chronological age.  Certainly biological age (relative body maturation), emotional age (psychological maturation) and even personality (temperament) can all be factored into the equation, but I have found in my 13 year career that chronological age determents can be successfully applied in 90% of the cases – the remaining 10% can be accounted for through proper coaching and identification.

 

Having said all that, the following is a brief rundown of the physical needs of ‘kids’ based on chronological age:

 

(more…)

The X & O Factors in Training Young Athletes

 

Training Young Athletes

For the purposes of this article, let me say this:

 

“Kids” is a term I will use to encompass everyone who inhabits the ages of 6 – 18.

 

Athletes and Non-Athletes alike.

 

Miniature superstars, bench-warmers and the overweight, will all be lumped under the same umbrella.

 

And simply stated, I do this because the development parameters of physical stimulus needed for ALL ‘kids’ is the same – at very least in the beginning phases of training spectrum.

 

Training stimulus with this demographic is guided, primarily, by physiology.

 

(more…)