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Brian Grasso

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     The following articles were published by Brian Grasso and are worth reading if you are an athlete, parent, or coach of athletes.        The source is of the articles is
  • Flexibility For Young Athletes- Q & A With Chris Blake
    Are there different kinds of Flexibility. What all young athletes should be doing? There are seven different ways of achieving flexibility:
  • The Functional & Athletic Aspects Of Training Figure Skaters
    Within the sport of figure skating there seems to be a dichotomy in terms of the conditioning efforts prescribed by training experts or professionals.
  • Global Development Vs. Sport Specific Training It's All In The Science
    No one can learn how to create 6 or 12 month plans in a day. It takes time and diligent effort to acquire this skill, but your ability to get better over time will have a direct and positive impact on both your young athletes"�� success rate as well as your businesses ability to attract new clients.
  • Flexibility For Young Athletes - Q & A With Dr. Kwame Brown
    What is the single greatest mistake or myth people make when it comes to Flexibility training?
  • Flexibility For Young Athletes - Q & A With Bill Hartman
    What is the difference between Flexibility and Mobility? Technically speaking based on textbook definitions there may be no difference, but I do tend to separate the two.
  • Flexibility - Are We Hurting Kids?
    The scope of confusion regarding flexibility can be seen when considering the assessment tools most commonly used to test one's suppleness.
  • The Concepts Of Multilateral Development
    Without question the most mismanaged collection of athletes in North America are young athletes.
  • Sport Diversity - The Application Behind The Theory
    While the multilateral development versus early specialization debate tends to wage endlessly in North America, other nations have adopted its concepts and applied its principals, due to both practical success as well as scientific research.
  • Flexibility - More Than Stretching
    Performing basic static stretches (like a standard hamstring or calf stretch) can certainly increase the resting length and decrease the tone of a given muscle, but that may have little to no effect on the actual flexibility that a young athlete has.
  • A Practical Way To Prevent Overtraining
    In working with young athletes, there is very little reason to ever test their ability at certain lifts or speed variances. Your programming guidelines must be based around instilling proper execution of technique in your young athletes from a lift and movement economy standpoint.
  • Overtraining - Part 1
    The problem is that overtraining syndromes are not hard to develop with adolescent athletes and must be recognized as an issue with respect to programming.
  • Overtraining - Part 2
    General overtraining syndromes impact both the central nervous system as well as the endocrine system. Given that the regulation of many hormones within the endocrine system serve to oversee and manage our stress levels, it is fair to imply that general overtraining could be considered a stress related issue.
  • Speed Training
    Much like you wouldn"��t expect your son or daughter to pass grade 2 or earn a bachelors degree in just 6 weeks, so to must you understand that optimal and lasting speed improvements don"��t come in a short period of time.
  • How To Warm-up Your Young Athletes
    Warming up for sport or activity is, in essence, preparing the body for the task it is about to do.
  • Why Do You Test Young Athletes?
    How to test a group of young athletes has become a popular 'discussion board' question recently. I have seen this query raised on several prominent websites and have been asked about it a great deal over the last few months. Thus... my desire to touch on the subject.
  • Kids And Exercise Machines
    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.
  • The Machine Myth - Get Kids Off Those Machines!
    Whenever I come into contact with a coach or trainer who preaches the virtues of machine-based strength training for young athletes, the same argument is typically offered "�" machines are safer for kids because they eliminate the dangerous aspects of traditional free weight training.
  • Plyometrics - How Watered Down Can It Get?
    Almost without exception, every "sport-performance training center" and youth sporting association in North America both markets and incorporates some degree of plyometric conditioning into the routines of the athletes they manage.
  • Coordination And Movement Skill Development:the Key To Long Term Athletic Success
    As with anything else, an important issue with respect to coordination development is to provide stimulus that is specific (and therefore appropriate) for the individual.
  • Teaching Technique - Laying The Foundation For Sporting Excellence
    Demonstrating good technique from a sporting perspective involves applying optimal movement ability in order to accomplish or solve a particular task effectively. A young athlete, for instance, who demonstrates sound technical ability while running is getting from point A to point B in an effective manner.
  • Sports All Kids Should Play
    One of the questions that I get asked most routinely is which sports I believe offer the best development capacity to young athletes.
  • Plan For Success - Youth Training
    The most common problem facing Trainers & Coaches today with respect to developing young athletes over time is the ability to plan long-term.
  • Importance Of Play
    A common misconception within the North American youth sporting world is the concept of 'play' for conditioning purposes.
  • Goal Confusion - Still Confused
    Coaches and Trainers must learn how and when to apply certain teaching techniques and when to let kids 'learn' things for themselves - and that is especially true when we design drills in which we tell our players that the success of a drill is based on the outcome rather than the form.
  • Goal Confusion
    Should you teach or even over-teach a certain style of execution to young athletes from day one, or should you allow the young athlete to learn the relative motor patterning via exploration and natural refinement?
  • Elite Athletes
    Advanced scientific methodologies such as peaking is a term and system that is only applicable to more elite athletes and can be introduced if, and only if, other tangible aspects of sport performance can be closely monitored and dynamically altered in accordance.
  • Coaching Styles
    In a previous article, I discussed the need to look at the personality traits of your young athletes when considering a coaching style. I do not believe in a "one size fits all" approach to coaching and work to make Trainers and Coaches understand that within every training session and team setting exists the need to conform and streamline your delivery style to fit the situation or athlete(s) - indeed, respect the ART of coaching.
  • Coaching... Think Outside The Box
    Although the young athletes are taught this sequence and have it reinforced constantly, some youngsters may still fail to execute session to session.
Editors Note: Brian has materials for sale that details a complete athlete development system available at Developing Athletes.


The following internet links have been gleaned from personal communications
combined with information from public institutions and athletic organizations/
associations that have a web presence with information concerning team and
individual sports programs:

Developing Training Plans for Athletes
Evaluation of Training
Age Training Guidelines
Components of Training Plan
Stages of Acquiring New Skills
Strategies for Training
Strategies for Competing
Fitness Training & Sports
Advanced Training
List Daily Training Tasks
Construction of a Training Plan
Developing An Annual Training Plan
Principles of Global Training
Competitive Training
Starting to Seriously Train
Skating Environment
Peaking Performance
Benefits of Cross Training
Principle of Varying Training
Varying Training Improves Results
Approaches to Training
Approaches to Jump Training
Transferring Knowledge & Skills
Aerobic Activities
Anaerobic Activities
Exercises to Develop Coordination
Off-Ice Activities For Skaters
Fitness and Conditioning
Off-Season Conditioning Activities
Tips for Long Distance Traveling
Mental Barriers to Training & Competing
Mental Considerations for Athletic Training
Mental Training Considerations
Mental Strategies for Training
Endurance Training Activities
Flexibility Training Activities
Body Weight Exercise Training
Weight Training Activities
Brian Grasso Articles
Evaluation Assessment

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