Why Your Youth Athlete Should Do Speed and Sport Performance Training
A very high number of youth athletes play the same sport 365 days/year. Constant repetitive movements can cause imbalances and increase risk of injury. Very few of them receive any type of strength and conditioning, athletic development or sports performance training. Sport team coaches have a full schedule of training and expectations that their athletes are physically ready to perform. They do not have the time or the specific training needed to work on these qualities with their athletes.
● Injury Prevention
● You cannot play if you are injured.
● Incorporating strength, resistance and plyometric training greatly reduces the risk of injury.
● Strength and Power
● Increase your strength and you increase your performance.
● Increased strength results in an increased rate of force production which results in increased acceleration, speed and ability to change direction.
● Correcting weakness
● Learning proper posture, knee drive, arm movement, landing mechanics and establishing fundamental movement patterns can help a good player become a great player.
● Instilling confidence
● A confident player is a better player. When an athlete feels strong in their movement they will be confident in their play.
● Mental focus
● If an athlete is physically prepared for play they can focus on the mental and visual strategies of the game.
By Christine Dorman, UVAC Speed School and Personal Trainer