Jump Training for Youth Athletes: Performance & Safety Considerations

Plyometric training has been around for awhile. For the last few decades, explosive lower body efforts have been used to elicit improvements in maximal sprinting velocity in amateur and professional athletes. While this type of training is imperative for high velocity sprinting and long term athletic development in youth sports, there are some very important … More Jump Training for Youth Athletes: Performance & Safety Considerations

Take Your Nutrition Guidelines with a Grain of Salt

Decades ago, fat was the enemy. “Excess dietary fat makes you fat,” they’d say. Taken at face value this seems like pretty sound logic. These days, obesity is blamed on carbohydrates. Red meat has always been a scapegoat for heart disease. Throw sodium in the mix for heart problems. The U.S. Departments of Heath & … More Take Your Nutrition Guidelines with a Grain of Salt

Player Burnout: Overreaching and Overtraining in Youth Athletics

Overtraining is one of the new hot topics in youth sports. Like concussions, the majority of the panic stems from two issues: the danger it presents to the athlete and the lack of understanding of the subject matter. Unlike concussions, the sports performance professionals have pretty good handle on overtraining and the symptoms aren’t quite as severe … More Player Burnout: Overreaching and Overtraining in Youth Athletics