Understanding Complexes


In our Athletic Strength Training manual we often use complexes to help build both confidence and endurance. We place them strategically throughout each phase, when we want to build muscular endurance or prep the athlete for a more complicated exercise that will be introduced in the next phase. We have dozens of complexes, and in this post I

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Movement Training and Early Specialization


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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Extreme training shown in Friday Night Tykes

Motivation Spiral

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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Defining & Designing Athleticism Development Programs


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


“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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3 Simple Rules for Youth Sports Coaches


Last weekend, while presenting at the TPEA National Conference, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to sit down over dinner with some of the best coaches around. We discussed our systems, or goals and our philosophies. During one of these discussions, we talked about specific qualities that great youth sports coaches possess? What unique

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ACL Injury Overview (Research Review)


In the past, we have put up several posts on ACL injury, rehab and risk reduction exercises, but I ran across a summary of research articles (Serpell, Scarvell, et al 3160-3176) compiled in the NSCA’s Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research that I wanted to break down for you. The following is a brief breakdown

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