Importance of Resistance Training for Youth Athletes:
According to the Mayo Clinic information on Youth Health, when done properly, strength training offers many benefits to young athletes. Strength training is even a good idea for kids who simply want to look and feel better. In fact, strength training might put your child on a lifetime path to better health and fitness.
With proper technique and guidance resistance training can help young athletes in more than just sports. Strength training can improve joint health, speed and flexibility for all ages. Training was developed with three things in mind: Learn, have fun, and improve performance in all aspects of life. Head Coach Tom Cochrane started training athletes and kids of all ages when he began coaching football and baseball right out of high school. Tom saw the importance of kids participating in strength and conditioning programs to prevent injuries and improve confidence.
Youth Small Group Training was developed with FOUR aspects in mind: SPEED, POWER, AGILITY and STRENGTH
Speed– Proper form running and footwork are the key components for increasing speed
Power– Every sport requires a moment of explosive power and plyometrics and balance forces you to gain control of your own body weight.
Agility– quickness comes from the brain’s response to react quickly, train to react and you will become faster.
Strength– Everyone has different strengths! Develop the muscles you use in all sports and use them to improve your performance.
IN SEASON Training:
Training to preserve the body, speed and strength you have worked hard to develop in the OFF Season and prevent any injuries (Most IMPORTANT form of training)
OFF SEASON Training:
Push the body to increase strength, speed and conditioning while setting goals for the months ahead. Testing and evaluations are done before and after.