Movement Training and Early Specialization

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To create confident, competitive, skillful athletes we first need to establish a very strong foundation in dynamic balance, rhythmic footwork and an understanding of how to quickly reposition the body to gain a competitive advantage. Coordination is key to mastering any skill, and many young players are lacking this foundational component of sports mastery. Movement

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Interval Training on the Cybex Arc Trainer

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We use the Cybex Arc Trainer for many different types of training (strength/power, aerobic endurance, muscular endurance, etc.), but selecting a target resistance can sometimes be tricky. In a training environment we like to use the Constant Power mode for our repeated intervals, as it gives us a consistent measurable number which we use to

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Workout Ideas: Cybex Bravo Functional Warm Up

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This weeks workout idea is on the using the Cybex Bravo as a functional warm up device… Start off by loading up the weight stack with a moderate load (probably heavier than you think – I used 25% of my body weight), grab the handle and walk away from the Bravo to give yourself some room. Let the cable

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Extreme training shown in Friday Night Tykes

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This post was written by AthleteFIT guest contributor Kate Voss. Ruthlessly pushing athletes to exhaustion and placing them in direct line of possible injury may seem acceptable within professional sports. However, when it comes to 8 and 9-year-olds, you would expect coaches to approach young players in a more relaxed manner, in order to safeguard

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Positioning Techniques for Explosive Agility

In the AthleteFIT program our main goals are to: Reduce the Risk of Injury Improve the Repeatability of Explosive Movement Create a Sense of Confidence and Competitiveness with all our Athletes We have many ways in which we achieve this, but we always start off with a focus on movement skills. In most team sports

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Focus Exercise: Balance Reach Back Progression

After receiving a few questions on what we are referring to when we say, “Balanced Reach Back” or “Reach Back Lunge” or “Single Leg RDL,” I thought I would throw a couple video clips together for you… (please forgive the lower quality of some of the video in the clips below) We we begin training

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Defining & Designing Athleticism Development Programs

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If the ultimate goal of your program is to build better athletes, how do you set this process in motion? How do you begin to develop something as broad and multidimensional as “ATHLETICISM”?  Where do you start…? …and how will you know when you have reached your goal? As you probably already know, it is

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Where Do We Find The Motivation to Try

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“Things are hard when you HAVE TO…but become easy if you WANT TO…” – Alan Stein What motivates younger players? Not surprisingly it is the same things that motivate all of us when we are placed in an unfamiliar position or situation. In the beginning, it all comes down to three simple things that have

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Developing Confidence in Young Athletes

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Motivation, confidence, skill and talent are all interconnected, and are especially important at a young age. Children with low confidence tend to lack motivation. This lack of motivation leads to a reluctance to try and a lack of effort. Lack of focused effort leads to lower skill and low skill usually leads to a lack

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