When it comes to sports these days, parents are trying their best to provide their young athlete with the right tools and training to improve and excel. What is often lost in this process is that the tools and the training tend to center only on sports skills rather than a healthy balance of skills training and athletic performance training (strength and conditioning).
Here are six very good reasons your kid needs Strength & Conditioning training 2-3 hours per week:
1. Strength and Conditioning Trumps Skills Improvement. There’s no greater source of knowledge on this subject than Mike Boyle, who has trained collegiate, Professional and Olympic teams:
2. Injury Prevention. The more kids practice and play, the more wear and tear they put on muscles and tendons. The ability to control movement, stop or turn suddenly, or handle a fall comes from strength and conditioning – not skills training.
3. Your kid is a star; your kid isn’t a star. The fact is, some kids start out as stand out athletes because they’ve matured a bit earlier than others, or they’ve adopted the skills quicker than their peers. What often happens to those early achievers is that they start losing ground to their peers who are suddenly getting stronger and faster as they mature (or start training!). The difference maker is that the rising stars augment their skills training with a focus on training that will make them stronger and faster.
4. (Insert your kids’ sport here) practice is not strength and conditioning. Generally speaking, your strength and conditioning coach should not be coaching soccer any more than a soccer coach should be trying to coach strength and conditioning. Sports Coaches are trying to teach the skills and the strategy behind the game, Strength and Conditioning Coaches are developing athletic abilities that can’t be accomplished on the field.
If you are serious about wanting your child to excel, and be injury-free you really should consider working with a quality strength and conditioning training program like our Athlete Performance program at Next Level Fitness & Performance. As my colleague, Mike Boyle says, “ To get faster you need a bigger engine. Speed is the universal language of team sports and the quickest way to improve speed is to get stronger.”
We offer age/ability level programs for athletes age 7-professional, and we train teams as well. If you would like more information about our athlete and youth fitness programs, give us a call at 703-754-0161 or visit our website at NLTraining.com.