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Strength and Conditioning Coaching for Juniors P1

Nov 16, 2015

By Ben Lewis - Sport981 S&C

The upcoming mini-series is tailored towards S&C coaches, fitness professionals and sports coaches.

Elite sport demands exceptional qualities. Exceptional tactical intention, exceptional technical execution, and coupled with that the ability to express these qualities with an ever higher physical demand, be it faster, stronger or for longer.

As the bar continues to raise skyward to become an elite professional athlete, governing bodies and parents alike are beginning to take youth training more seriously. In fact as a result youth training has experienced somewhat of an explosion of interest in recent years. Following this trend, the younger age group of 12 and under appears set to follow suit. It is this early developmental age that this series of posts aims to discuss. More specifically, how do you actually successfully coach this age group?

To begin to shed light on the outcomes of coaching, we first must make tentative steps in understanding the developmental sequences that occur with younger athletes. Although this is merely a snippet of a very complicated process, we hopefully will form some foundational understanding for the coaching decisions we need to make.

Strength and Conditioning Coaching for Juniors P2

Nov 16, 2015

By Ben Lewis - Sport981 S&C - Part 2 

This section will concentrate on one of the basic differences of younger athletic physiology that we need to understand to drive effective programming.

- Literature suggests pre-pubescent adaptations are predominantly neural based

- Adolescents are both neural and structural.

This suggests that implementing an adult based program geared towards structural development will be counterproductive for our younger trainees. Conversely an approach that creates an environment enriched with neural activation through plyometrics, speed, reflexive and proprioceptively led work as well as patterns that will form the basis for structural development will be highly beneficial, allowing the body to learn how to adapt to the imposed demands placed upon it.

Having highlighted this fundamental difference, part 3 of this mini-series will begin to look at coaching related outcomes that this approach will take