Now that the summer months are upon us, I hope everyone is still able to keep up with all the continuing education content. I suppose I don’t have much besides the GREAT content below for y’all, but the last couple weeks, with school getting out and the training schedule really filling up, I do need to rant about today’s youth (middle/high school) development.
If you are anything like me, working with youth athletes, summer really only means one thing, extended/busy days. Summer is when most athletes might actually find themselves with an off season, or at least less competitions. They have 6-8 weeks to typically fix the last 8-10 months. Now this could mean a couple different things, it could be the lack of what they have done the last 8-10 months (since fall/winter sport ended), or to finally take care of nagging injuries that came about over their competitive sports seasons. Summer always has a feeling of urgency, for most, it’s trying to fit everything in and make everything right in a short period of time. Think of every time you have ever procrastinated before, but got the task done by the skin of your teeth, and you sat there thinking to yourself “wow, I will never put myself through that again”.
I sit here wondering to myself, if people just developed proper habits, and simply let the progressive nature of strength/performance training run its course… doing things the right way… how much better off would our youth athletes be? It is kind of sickening to see the lack of ability for all of the sport coaches to work in unison at the high school level, because they all know better than their peers. Do you really think a high school freshman who lifts for 2 months before football starts, maybe 1 time each week during the season, and then does ZERO lifting because he decides to play basketball and the coach does not believe it lifting, aaaaand runs track during the spring (because track makes you faster) but continues not to lift, will be in a better place come June the following year??? And those sports are 100% interchangeable, I just picked them because they fit the seasons. Sport coaches need to realize that without a MASTER plan, they are ultimately shooting themselves in the foot for later.
I guess I just needed to vent my frustrations, and see if other had the same thoughts. I just don’t see the point of focusing our concentration on something for 6-8 weeks of the year, if the other 45 are crap. It’s like we tell our athletes, you can EASILY ruin that 1 hour of hard work in the weight room/field, with the other 23 each day.
Now that I hopefully have you fired up, here’s some great READS from the previous week!
Crossfit Suing the NSCA: http://romanoroberts.com.mx/crossfit-hq-suing-national-strength-and-conditioning-association/
Nick Tumminello: http://nicktumminello.com/2014/06/why-not-to-do-kneeling-push-ups/
Anthony Renna/Jim Kielbaso: http://strengthcoachpodcast.typepad.com/the_strength_coach_podcas/2014/06/episode-145.html