Really interesting read.
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Here’s another great article for parents and youth hockey coaches on developing athleticism.
Sports performance coaches should always be working to enhance athletes’ best qualities while mitigating the risky parts of a profile. It could be nutrition, work ethic, or a bum wrist. One of the most common tendencies I see is quad- or knee-dominant gait. Since most athletes run, this is pretty important. I think most of us combat this tendency. It’s a constant struggle to get the hips back into the spotlight.
The joint-by-joint approach tells us the knee should be stable. More precisely, the knee should be mobile in the sagittal plane and stable in the frontal and transverse. That’s pretty much what running is: control the frontal/rotational forces to safely apply power. The knee musculature can’t do this by itself. It needs help from above and below. Let’s take a look at how we can connect these things for a more robust athlete.
A good coach won’t need much convincing on the value of the glutes. They have the best lever arm and muscle fiber type for the job. There is a place in our world for hip isolation exercises. I’ll simply say I prefer to teach or tune core stability first. McGill, DNS, PRI, and a bunch of other paradigms would seem to converge on this basic concept. Whenever experts from a bunch of different approaches tell me the same thing, I’m going to listen.
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This piece could just as easy be hockey as soccer.
However in hockey you can even eliminate the one pass and just let your best player go end to end and get you goals.
However, as the game progresses you continually find kids who don’t know how to play hockey.
Think about this quote. I asked my squirt aged son ( age 10) whether he liked cross ice or full ice. His typical response FULL ICE. I asked why. His answer MORE BREAKAWAYS!
This is analogous to me asking him if he likes ice cream or salad. We know the answer. Just remember, it’s not about what a kid likes ( or a parent) it’s about what’s good for them.
We are the adults, we get to choose. When we choose winning at the young ages we actually program for failure later.
This is an absolute, must read, classic. I see this every day in our town. You can’t buy athletic success but, you certainly can pay to get your children more screwed up. I have always told parents “follow the money”.
Early specialization is both a developmental and social mistake. Don’t get sucked in. The best preparation for young kids ( 8-13) is multi-sport participation. Save your money.
This article came from John O’Sullivan of Changing the Game Project. I had the pleasure to meet Martin St. Louis and think his story inspires everyone but, particularly those told they were too small, too slow or, too something else to make it.
Brian Carrol wrote an interesting piece called Five Reasons Your Not Getting Stronger. It was pretty good and to the point.
I thought I’d analyze this part though?
Qualify the person you’re taking advice from using these 5 questions I learned from Dave Tate of Elite FTS:
1. What is his/her education and background?
2. How is/was this coach’s performance in the particular sport they’re coaching?
3. Who have they trained?
4. Have they been able to make athletes better than they were before training with them?
5. Do they practice what they preach?
If I score myself, I do pretty good on number 1, education and background.
Number 2, performance in the particular sport they are coaching? I was not very good at anything. In fact, my best sport was swimming. I played and liked lots of other stuff ( powerlifting, basketball, football) but, performance? Not so much. Surprisingly, I have a baseball worlds series ring ( played from 8 years old to 12 and stunk) and two ice hockey national championship rings ( never played). By the way, my dad one a few state championships as a basketball coach and never played organized basketball. Also, in most team sports, great players don’t make great coaches. In strength and conditioning most of the best coaches I know either weren’t very good, had a career shortened by injury or both.
3, who have they trained? I make a big comeback here. That part of my resume is better than average.
4, have they been able to make people better athletes than before they trained them? Another positive. At MBSC we have professional athletes who started with us a middle schoolers. I think this one is huge. I hate the coaches who suck up to some All Star and then take credit for him. This is sadly very common and something we go through every day.
5, do they practice what they preach? Oops, abject failure. I have not lifted a heavy weight since the 80’s and probably do far too many 12 ounce curls ( I will occasionally go heavy at 16 and 22).
Bottom line, be careful with guru’s, Dave and John are right however I would recommend that you really focus on 1, 3, and 4. Playing the sport and looking good doesn’t make you a good coach.