In recent years there has been much discussion on training for our adolescent athletes and what is appropriate, whether it be how much, how soon, how specialized? While there are not many definitive answers to these specific inquiries, we, at the Academy of Sports & Wellness believe in a model that keeps the individual athlete’s well being and safety as the central emphasis.
Gone are the days of old (even 20 years ago) when kids rode their bikes around the neighborhood to their friend’s houses or to school. Gone are the days of climbing trees or playing on playgrounds with monkey bars and balance beams. It is rare that a simple game of “tag” pops up in the schoolyard anymore. We are quick to “roll out the balls” and practice baseball/basketball/football/soccer specific drills and games and the like instead of reinforcing basic human movement patterns. We have a generation of students that spend countless hours on their phones and computers, or gaming and watching TV. We have kids that can do amazing things with the soccer ball at their feet, but cannot skip or do a forward roll.