Training athletes from the back forward

Most training programs for young athletes focus all of their attention on the big pushers and fancy drills.  Bench pressing, squatting, high speed treadmills and the like are the mainstay of many sports performance center.  These ways of helping a young athlete become better are ill advised and not optimal.

The posterior chain is a term that describes the series of joints and muscles on the back side of our bodies.  The glutes, hamstrings (back of the thighs), lower back and upper back to name a few are all a part of the posterior chain.

What is so important about the posterior chain.

Most non-trauma related injuries to athletes (all athletes, not just young athletes) are due to poor braking mechanisms.  Most of the structures on the back side of the body are designed to help athletes put on the brakes.

Examples of Braking mechanisms in sport:

  • Slowing down, stopping and changing direction quickly
  • Slowing down or braking the throwing motion
  • Landing from a vertical jump

All this being said….a young athlete still needs to have fun.  This video depicts on of the many ways we train the posterior chain to increase injury resistance and improve performance:

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Coach Dave

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Speed Training For South Shore Young Athletes

Here at Athletic Revolution, we place an emphasis on making sure your young athlete is as fast as they possibly can be.

Speed and Agility are very important to the success of any young athlete…

… But most Coaches and Trainers make mistakes when it comes to training for speed.

Here’s what I mean:

It is customary to see young athletes being taught and drilled on how to run as fast as possible in a straight line.

Coaches spend hours teaching the mechanics of ‘linear speed’.  Arm drive, hip drive, ankle push, forward lean – all the usual suspects.  Whether on a high speed treadmill, gymnasium floor or football field, anywhere you go, you’ll likely see Coaches teaching the techniques of running fast in a straight line moving forward.

High Speed Treadmill

Now, I don’t really have any fundamental issue with respect to this style of training.  I could (and will) argue that virtually every sport is played in a non-linear format and so spending time on the mechanics of an exercise that a young athlete won’t typically ever need in a sporting situation is paramount to a large waste of time.

But young athletes (as you will read later) need to be exposed to as much training stimulus as possible – in all formats.  In that, no training style should ever be considered ‘not worth the time’ when we’re talking about preadolescent or high school aged athletes.

But the fact that linear speed training is both taught and drilled INSTEAD of more functional and useable styles of speed and agility work is where I draw the concern.

Football, baseball, soccer, basketball, volleyball – you name the sport.  Very seldom does a young athlete need to sprint forward with proper form; and they almost never hit ‘top-end-speed’ for any length of time.  If you look at any of the sports from a positional standpoint, that reality is even less likely.

Sports are multi-directional and varying in speed.  Young athletes must be taught how to move efficiently and quickly at angles (not just forward) and be ingrained with the knowledge and ability of how to decelerate (stop) and shift (change directions) as fast as possible.

Sport speed isn’t about straight lines.  It’s about angular quickness and the ability to re-accelerate.

Come on in and enjoy a complementary ‘2 Weeks Free’ of training at Athletic Revolution in Pembroke and see just how much faster your young athletes are going to become.

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~Coach Dave


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Youth Fitness: The High Speed Treadmill Debate

From time to time I shoot videos not only for Athletic Revolution, but also for other organizations.  I recently shot a video for the IYCA (International Youth Conditioning Association)

The debate about high speed treadmills and skating treadmills has been around for years.  In this video I discuss the merits of these high priced pieces of athletic development equipement.  I also lay out many questions and concerns about high speed and skating treadmills – specifically what place they have if any in the youth fitness and athletic development arenas.

Take a look and as always…leave your comments below!


Thanks for being part of the revolution!

~Coach Dave


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