Every Sports Parent’s Nightmare

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Over Specialization in Youth Sports
By Brian Grasso

You’ve heard the term ‘Sport-Specific-Training’ before, correct?

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.

The strongest and fastest athletes in any sport are the ones who
had the greatest diversity of training while they were young.

And believe it or not, this means that the training program for a female
soccer player shouldn’t deviate that much from a male baseball player.

In time, yes, more specific training programs will be necessary to
maintain or improve upon the strength and power needs for a specific
sport or position – In time being the operative point.

As a general rule, throughout high school, roughly 70% of a young
athletes training program should be based on general fitness and
athletic ability.

Brian Grasso is the founder and CEO of the IYCA (International Youth Conditioning Association) and a world leader in youth fitness and athletic development.

 

Please send this post to EVERYONE you know…it is that important!

 

Til next time,

~Coach Dave

PS.  For even more information check out this article from my friend and collegue George Maoury (Matthews, NC).

 

 

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  1. GREAT VIDEO COACH. KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK IN PEMBROKE. HOPEFULLY THE REVOLUTION WILL SPREAD AND WE WILL START TO SEE LESS INJURIES IN YOUTH SPORTS, AND START TO SEE YOUTH SPORTS GET BACK TO WHAT IT WAS MEANT FOR. DEVELOPING CHILDREN ATHLETICLY THROUGH FUN GAMES AND COMPETITION.

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