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List of Brian Grasso Articles

About the Author:
      Known as 'America's Youth Fitness Coach', Brian Grasso spends all his time training young athletes, children with disabilities and those encumbered with body weight concerns.

      He has authored two books on the subject and was recently featured in Newsweek magazine for his work in youth fitness and sports training. He has also been named as one of the 'Top 100 Trainers in America' by Men's Health magazine.

      Brian is the Founder and CEO of the International Youth Conditioning Association and can be contacted through his website - Developing Athletics.

Source of article list - Articles Snatch   

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 inforced constantly, some youngsters may still fail to execute session to session.

Flexibility For Young Athletes - Q & A With Chris Blake  
Are there different kinds of Flexibility besides bending over to touch my toes what all young athletes should be doing? There are seven different ways of going about 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 training 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
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?

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.

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