Along with the physical benefits of a proper strength and conditioning program, our athletes are seeing psychological and social benefits, not limited to: confidence, self-esteem, teamwork, character, sportsmanship, self worth, healthy body image, mental toughness and community spirit and camaraderie.
When thinking about safely training youth athletes, it’s important to remember that they are not miniature adults. Many children don’t possess the neuromuscular capacity to do even simple movements like squatting or bending properly, let alone loading them with external load and weights. Progressing athletes at their own pace through basic movement patterns and then beginning to load the correct movements can offer the best results.
First and foremost, seek out qualified and certified professionals to initiate programming that is age appropriate for the goals of the athlete. A proper medical screening is indicated before any training takes place to identify medical abnormalities or orthopedic deficits.
We, at the Center, promote year round multi-sport participation for our student athletes and encourage down time for rest and recovery from sport to allow the musculoskeletal and cardiorespiratory systems a chance to accommodate the ever-growing demands of today’s athlete, and avoid overuse or overtraining.
If you have a young athlete that could benefit from a Strength and Conditioning Program, The Academy will be starting a class specifically for 12-15 year olds on January 5th, click here for more information.
For more information for all your therapy and fitness needs at The Center for Physical Rehabilitation and The Academy for Sports & Wellness, please check out www.pt-cpr.com or call (616) 954-0950.