Youth Athlete Development
Specific Trainable Traits for Youth Athletes

When it comes to training youth athletes and trying to "increase" speed strength and ability, the most common approach is deciding on WHAT to do. Very fair. However in terms of the trainability of the different components such as speed strength, and agility, a great approach is to determine WHEN to train for each.

Connecting: The Hidden Key in Effective Coaching
Category: Youth Athlete Development

Performance enhancement. The key reason why any athlete decides to partake in this activity to make the necessary gains for their sport. From a coaching standpoint, this is a great opportunity to apply the science and principle of strength and or speed training. However, I have a saying that it does not matter how much you know as a coach, if you are not able to motivate an athlete to take action and be dedicated. There are plenty of performance coaches who have, and should,

Early Specialization in Sports: The Consequences
Category: Youth Athlete Development

Today’s sports are more competitive than ever, with youth athletes devoting their lives to a sport as young as 5 years old, on occasion with pressure from parents. But does specializing this early in a sport give a child a competitive advantage in both the short and long term?

Questions Answered: Benefits of Strength Training for the Prepubescent and Adolescent Athlete
Category: Youth Athlete Development

When is the right time for a kid to participate in a resistance training program? A question with a wide spectrum of opinions from parents and coaches alike. In short, if a child is ready to partake in competitive sports, then most likely they are ready to participate in a thorough resistance program based on two factors: They are physiologically and psychologically mature.

The Most Underrated Performance Enhancement: Sleep.
Category: Youth Athlete Development

As the title of this article indicates, quality sleep is one of the most overlooked aspects of everyday performance. Studies have even shown lack of sleep can not only cause decreased performance , but also poor ability to utilize nutrition, decreased executive function, memory loss, improper recovery, and even depression.

The First Six Years of Life: Brain Connections and Neural Discoveries for an Active LIfe
Category: Youth Athlete Development

According the principles of Long Term Athlete Development, the process of becoming the best possible athlete and an active adult starts from birth to the age of 6. This stage is known as the Active Start age and is crucial for the development of fundamental skills that will be the basis of their long term athleticism.