When we think of speed we envision Usain Bolt hurtling along the track in record-breaking time or a wide receiver blazing towards the endzone in a footrace with a free safety. In essence we usually think of linear speed – or straight away speed. In the vast majority of sports, however – the athlete’s ability to cut or change direction quickly is far more crucial. In any grass or court environment, multi-directional speed reigns supreme. One of the hallmarks of building multi-directional speed is the ability to LATERALLY DECELERATE (ie. Slow down in a side to side pattern) the quickest. Here are 3 steps to a better lateral deceleration.
Participation in youth sports is a major part of many childhoods. More and more there is an emphasis and expectation placed on performance, which brings to the light the importance of off-season and in-season conditioning. There is, however a major disconnect between the physical, psychological and emotional development and the training programs they are given.
Sadly, these training programs can often result in overtraining, injury and some associated psychological issues in young athletes.
The following are some bare-bones guidelines about training children.
This is according to ParticiPaction and The Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology guidelines for physical activity. 3 Hours seems like a lot at first glance, but there are some easier ways to get your little ones that much needed activity for them to develop foundational skills/fitness. Here are some point form tips on how to accomplish this;
One of the charities dearest to my heart is Right to Play – an organization dedicated to improving the lives of children in impoverished areas of the world by using the power of sport and play for development, health and peace.
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