Sport plays a large factor in the development of our youth both at school and in sports clubs. But there now seems little time in developing the fundamentals for sport. If your child is not performing as well as they should, they get left behind, may be not picked for the team. Doing more drills on the training sessions is often the presumed answer in the hope of transferring more skill into their game.
The fundamental attributes of balance, co-ordination, rhythm, timing, mobility, body awareness, and strength are all needed in the development of the youth athlete and should be part of their training. The development of these skills in the youth athlete can mean the difference between being chosen to play for their team or sitting on the bench.
Good movement is something that is expected to be second nature but the young athlete is still learning to control body motion and teaching proper mechanics to move efficiently may also help in preventing injury as well as improve performance.
Sport has become very competition orientated in the youth community and winning imperative, parents also trying to influence decisions from the side line in a hope that their child is going to become a professional athlete, but this is hard to predict at an early age. As expectations increase, so does the training for the youth athlete, where intense training, especially in one sport, may rob the athlete of a wider experience in developing a complete athlete and can cause burn out.
We need to be creating an experience for our young athletes, by having fun, encouraging play rather than competition and teaching the fundamentals.
Training for the youth athlete is a long term development program that must build on the fundamentals. At the Move Better Fitness Academy we look at training the fundamentals and movement essentials of agility, speed and running technique.