In today’s world of multi sport youth athletes, the fundamentals of movement development have been put to the side to make room for the sport specific movements. I see this predominantly in the sports that I spend the most time training: Figure Skating and Ice Hockey.
So what is my role as a strength and conditioning coach for these up and coming athletes? It’s my responsibility to ensure that when they leave our sessions, they have a clear understanding of what the future of strength and conditioning holds for them. We spend the time to break down the fundamental human movement patterns, from rolling, to crawling, to squatting, to walking, to running, then lifting. And onwards to the more complex Olympic lifts.
To the parents of young athletes: Investing in a sound strength and conditioning program for your young athletes is a smart investment.
What can you expect from your investment:
- Reduce the risk of sport induced injuries, including concussions
- Improved self image (self-esteem and confidence)
- Improvement in athleticism
- Increase the possibility of making that next level team or performance category
- Learn proper exercise techniques and lifestyle habits that last a life time**
**That last item is not only the key to athletic performance but the key to reversing the epidemics that our society is facing. Yes, those elephants in the room: obesity, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, that are caused by the overall sedentary lives that a majority of our population is living.
Take the time to find that Strength & Conditioning Coach that is going to coach your young athlete to a life of athleticism and health.