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For Young Athletes- Q & A With Chris Blake
there different kinds of Flexibility. What all young athletes should be
There are seven different ways of achieving flexibility:
Functional & Athletic Aspects Of Training Figure Skaters
the sport of figure skating there seems to be a dichotomy in terms of
the conditioning efforts prescribed by training experts or
Development Vs. Sport Specific Training It's All In The Science
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.
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?
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.
- Are We Hurting Kids?
scope of confusion regarding flexibility can be seen when considering
the assessment tools most commonly used to test one's suppleness.
Concepts Of Multilateral Development
Without question the most mismanaged collection of athletes in North
America are young athletes.
Diversity - The Application Behind The Theory
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.
- More Than Stretching
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.
Practical Way To Prevent Overtraining
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
- Part 1
problem is that overtraining syndromes are not hard to develop with
adolescent athletes and must be recognized as an issue with respect to
- 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.
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
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.
Do You Test Young Athletes?
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.
And Exercise Machines
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.
Machine Myth - Get Kids Off Those Machines!
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.
- How Watered Down Can It Get?
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.
And Movement Skill Development:the Key To Long Term Athletic Success
with anything else, an important issue with respect to coordination
development is to provide stimulus that is specific (and therefore
appropriate) for the individual.
Technique - Laying The Foundation For Sporting Excellence
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.
All Kids Should Play
of the questions that I get asked most routinely is which sports I
believe offer the best development capacity to young athletes.
For Success - Youth Training
most common problem facing Trainers & Coaches today with respect to
developing young athletes over time is the ability to plan long-term.
A common misconception within the North American youth sporting world
is the concept of 'play' for conditioning purposes.
Confusion - Still Confused
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
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?
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.
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.
Think Outside The Box
the young athletes are taught this sequence and have it reinforced
constantly, some youngsters may still fail to execute session to
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