Happy Tuesday one and all. I hope the first week of 2023 hasn't been too hard on you and if it has, well you've got about 51 more of them for things to improve. This one goes for the young athletes in the universe because I'm not foolish enough to tell working parents something like this. For most of the young athlete, it's a bit of a different story from the adults. I'll try to be brief and stay on topic... (glances to the left) )ooo shiny, oops too late, OK on to it.
The many young athletes out there, chasing dreams (keep chasing them by the way) will play every sport, or for every team of a particular sport they can, but then say they have no time for training to take care of themselves...wait what? This strategy & pathway will work for very few people out there and it's likely those athletes are extremely gifted.
The time for a youth athlete need to train exists in the schedule already, they just need to pick 1 team to play for per season and train around that. Playing for more than 1 team in a particular season (Fall, Winter, Spring) is a good way to wear the body down and get hurt, then it's lots of sitting on the sideline, playing for no teams. A decent training program worth its weight, during a season, is not only likely cut down on injuries (which means more playing, less sideline), it will also get athletes stronger as the season goes.
I promise promise you, making the time to strength train is more likely to keep you on your path to your dreams than playing for a 4th team or hiring a sport specific coach. Give it a few months, and you’ll be shocked at what it does for you. Of course, if there's questions or concerns from the parents, the first step is to reach out to a coach or trainer you know & trust. Thanks for reading today everyone, as always, questions, feedback and such are welcome. Have a great remainder of the week.
Jarrod Dyke, CSCS