darinthomasstrengthandconforyouth.pdf - A Strength Conditioning Program for Developing Young Athletes Presented by Darin Thomas Director of Strength

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A Strength & Conditioning Program for Developing Young Athletes Presented by Darin Thomas Director of Strength & Conditioning Muhlenberg College
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What is in this presentation Benefits of Strength & Conditioning The Concepts of Physical Fitness Stages of a Childs Sport Training Guidelines and Methods for Training the Young Athlete Resistance Training Coordination Training Speed Training Endurance Training Flexibility Training General Guidelines for Conditioning Training for Youth Sports
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Why Do Strength & Conditioning with Young Athletes Coaches and parents can instill in their children's good training and conditioning habits that will last a lifetime Major sporting characteristics are going to be developed between the ages of 8-13. Taking advantage of sensitive periods when the development of a given movement. You are missing out on sensitive periods of improving these skills for there ultimate sporting success. Physical fitness stimulates the development of bones density and ligaments, increasing their ability to withstand stress
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Why Do Strength & Conditioning with Youth Sports Physical Benefits – Less chance of injuries – Gains in muscular strength & endurance – Increase flexibilibilty – Increase cardio-respiratory endurance – Increase lean body mass and decrease body fat – Enhance the motor fitness skills and sports performance of children Emotional Benefits – Improve self-esteem and self-confidence – Better ability to deal with stress – Less anxiety, less tension, and less fatigue – Can help improve the psychosocial well-being of children
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Considerations for choosing methods of physical training §Age The volume and intensity of exercises depends on the age of the athletes.§Sensitive Periods§Demands of a sports disciplineThe training methods all depend on the spots discipline §Optimalization of level of physical fitness §Do training that will help, not hurt your training. §Structure of a workout§GenderBoys and girls will develop at a different pace. Sensitive periods are going to be different
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Factors to Consider when Developing a Training Program for the Young AthletesThere is potential for injury or illness to occur if the conditioning program is not consistent with the needs and abilities of the young athlete Children growth plates are more susceptible to crushing or pulling apart. Dont copy a college or high school program Work capability of kids muscles differs from that of adults Children's muscle will fatigue quicker then adults Nervous system is developed lessCardio respiratory system Will not be as strong as a older athletes Make equipment adjustments Must equipment is not made for child's
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The Concepts of Physical Fitness Physical fitness is the foundation of sports performance Lower fitness level usually less athleticism Lack of basic movement skills, lack readiness for sport-specific skills General conditioning is the key
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