Sports performance is a huge field that is continually expanding in information, techniques, nutrition & recovery. If this is the case, than why are we still allowing teens to be trained by inexperienced high school coaches ?
As a certified strength coach/specialist, I am asked frequently why some teen athletes perform at a level that seems years ahead of their teammates/peers and why are certain athletes always injured ? The answer to these questions is “qualified conditioning coaches” who care.
These athletes deserve the best in speed, agility, coordination, strength & power, so that they may develop athleticism properly, consistently and without the threat of serious injury. Three tips that I always give parents to help their teen athletes is :
1) Train & rest on a specific schedule
2) Training sessions should be structured & supervised
3) Is there any focus on nutrition & recovery techniques ?
If any of these 3 components are missing or are inconsistently being addressed, then I advise the parents to have their teens come to work with me. I believe that this foundation is what will greatly improve or possibly destroy a teen’s athletic career.