Todays youth sports, whether school or club/travel, are more demanding than ever before.
The seasons are longer, more demanding and often overlap. The competition is stiffer. The game play is more intense and physical. What hasn't changed very much is the development of the athlete...which has led to unprecedented numbers of sports related injuries for todays young athletes. Young developing joints and muscles are especially vulnerable to these tough conditions and require a training regimen, both in and off-season, to help prepare them for the abuse they will certainly receive...not only for their playing years but for many years after as well.
Obviously a contact sport but what's often lacking is how to safely take a hit, how to land safely, development of strong joints & muscles to prevent injuries and how to best leverage the body you have to be successful.
Long seasons of throwing can quickly wear out and damage shoulders and arms. Constant swinging bats & clubs will develop one side of the body's muscles but leave the other side underdeveloped and vulnerable.
Clearly speed and agility are key...Yes, we can do that. But what about the upper body? Particularly at higher levels soccer becomes a physical sport requiring more that just fast feet. We will provide the needed help.
Running shoes seem to wear out quickly, right? What about their knee, ankle & hip joints? Prevention is key for distance runners. Want to be faster? Learn how to develop and better use your upper body to drive the lower!
One-on-One. While technique is paramount, having a slight strength, leverage or quickness advantage will make all the difference. If only 5% stronger, or 1/4 second quicker, results for your wrestler will change dramatically.
Quick starts, stops & direction changes. Vertical jumps, body control, endurance, full body strength and knee/hip/ankle injury prevention are just some of the areas needing improvement by hard court athletes.
Activities that certainly require strength, flexibility, balance and coordination. For our young, developing athletes & performers we need to address joint and injury prevention along with secondary muscle groups that will be need development to succeed.
Even more need for upper body development along with taking hits, development of strong joints & muscles to prevent injuries and how to best leverage the body you have to be successful. In-season training programs have definitively shown to prevent injuries.
Athletic development isn't specific to a particular sport. It's a lifestyle.
Speed, strength, conditioning, agility, injury prevention, nutrition and leadership are key elements for all athletes of all ages before, during, and long after their playing years.