Why Youth Athletes Get Injured? Part 2

We’re back for round two of Why Do Youth Athletes Get Injured? (Part 1) Today we’re talking about the ability to stop. Specifically, an athlete’s ability to decelerate during athletics. As coaches and players all of the hype and publicity is given to an athlete’s speed, or ability to produce force. But realistically, for the majority of athletes out there, their ability to stop and restart is going to have a bigger overall impact on performance and injury prevention. In this article we are going to touch on how poor stopping or deceleration ability leads to more injuries, and ways to improve your athlete’s ability to stop.

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The 3 Keys to Developing Speed in Younger Athletes (8-11)

Besides staying healthy and having a high self-esteem, what does every parent, coach and athlete want? Of course it is speed. No matter the age, no matter the sport, no matter how fast or slow you may be, every athlete I have ever trained desired to be faster. Let’s be honest, speed is a gamechanger and will always be the most valued athletic attribute coaches want on their team. With that said speed development is a process that can be extremely fruitful or quite frustrating depending on how it is approached and keeping the big picture in mind. As for an 8-11 year old population we use a 3 step approach to developing speed.

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Why Young Athletes Get Injured? Part 1

To start I want to readily admit I am stealing directly from Mike Robertson’s article.  So credit goes to him. I recommend you take a look at his article as it is a great place to gain some great insight into why athletes are dropping like flies. With that said I wanted to expand on his article and make it more directed towards a younger population, specifically high school aged athletes.

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2017 OAK AD Sport Performance Coaches Clinic

Join us for the inagural OAK AD Sport Performance Coaches Clinic.  This event will be full of athlete building training and education from some of the best strength and conditioning coaches around the Kankakee area.  Expect to get training tips, learn about the methods that work the best, example workouts, network with like minded coaches and most importantly learn how to immediately apply all of this into your program to build faster, stronger and more resilient athletes!

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Fitness Dictionary: Progressive Overload

What is progressive overload?

In simple terms progressive overload is the ability to do more over time. It is increasing the demands on the body in order to continually make improvements in strength, size, speed, endurance, or any other fitness or physiological quality. For example, if I lift the same weights for the same number of reps the same way for the next 5 years…nothing will ever change. Your body will stay the same since there is no overload taking place. However, if you progressively increase the demands placed on your body such as increasing the weight lifted, increasing the number of reps, increasing the speed of the movement or any other variance that will increase demand on the body then your body has no choice but to adapt.

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