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Another Parental Must Read- A New Type of Cross Training for Kids

Posted in Guest Authors, Hockey, Injuries, Low Back Pain, Media, StrengthCoach.com Updates, Training, Training Females, Youth Training with tags , on August 13, 2014 by mboyle1959

Read this piece from USA Hockey with a new take on Cross Training

Should Baseball Players do Crossfit?

Posted in Guest Authors, Injuries, Media, Strength Coach Podcast, StrengthCoach.com Updates, Training, Training Females, Youth Training with tags on August 11, 2014 by mboyle1959

Nice Stack Magazine piece from Tony Gentilcore looking at

Should Baseball Players Do Crossfit?

Crossfit’s Growth Fuels Safety Concerns

Posted in Guest Authors, Injuries, Low Back Pain, Media, Strength Coach Podcast, StrengthCoach.com Updates, Training, Training Females, Youth Training with tags on August 10, 2014 by mboyle1959

Nice piece from ESPN Magazine

Crossfit’s Growth Fuels Safety Concerns

All Played Out

Posted in Guest Authors, Injuries, MBSC News, Media, Training, Training Females, Uncategorized, Youth Training with tags , , on August 7, 2014 by mboyle1959

This was sent by a former athlete of mine. Another really good perspective. Please note, this is not my writing.

All Played Out

By RON J. TURKERJULY 27, 2014

PORTLAND, Ore. — PARENTS and doctors may have disparate views on the goals of kids’ sports. I know how disparate because I happen to be both. As a pediatric orthopedic surgeon and the dad of a kid who loves sports, I see this world from both sides.

Recently, I told a teenage boy, whom I’ll call Lucas, and his parents that he had torn the anterior cruciate ligament (A.C.L.) in his knee. The matching soccer jerseys worn by the entire family were a hint as to how the conversation would go.

“You don’t understand, this is his life!” Mom said.

“We need this fixed — he’s in the Olympic Development Program! He’s elite,” said Dad.

Lucas is 13. The next 40 minutes of what had been a 20-minute appointment were spent trying to reset expectations. Lucas would need a minimum of six months to heal the reconstructed graft. On top of that, his bones were still growing, so the surgical technique would have to be altered to a trickier and less tested procedure. And the harsh reality: Any knee that has had a major injury will never be 100 percent “normal.” His parents were furious and left for the inevitable second opinion.

These visits are exhausting and more common every year. The question is why.

One reason is that our very young kids play harder, and for more hours, than ever before. As a collective, we, the parents, have bought into a new and lucrative paradigm. Our kids no longer play sports; they are youth “athletes.”

The landscape of youth sports has changed markedly in the last 20 years. Free play, where children gather after school, pick a game and play until called in for dinner, is almost extinct. Highly organized and stratified sports have become the norm. Time, place and rules are now dictated to our kids rather than organized by the kids.

Granted, the stigma of being picked last by neighborhood captains still weighs heavily on some of us, so maybe a neutral “adult coach” is just what’s needed. But these paid coaches need to earn their keep and feel pressure to go for the win, so many kids are excluded from even lining up, or they’re relegated to the “Wreck League” (a derogatory reference to the kids who just want to play for noncompetitive recreation).

Eight- and 9-year-old children are often pressured to choose a single sport and to play it all year or risk showing a “lack of commitment.” Kids are “invited” to play in extra-seasonal leagues, but the invitation comes with a caveat. The implicit message is, show up or don’t expect much playing time during the regular season. Kids sense the pressure and sometimes it seeps out in unexpected ways.

More juvenile athletes are coming in with repetitive stress injuries (both physical and, in a sense, emotional) that were once rare. Now children show up in my office repeatedly with vague aches and pains, usually in different locations and hard to diagnose but often relieved with a few weeks of rest. By the third visit, I catch on and ask whether they truly enjoy their full-time commitment. If given the emotional space, the kids will often reply no. They just want a break.

As parents, we want what’s best for our kids but we’ve abdicated our parental rights and duties to the new societal norm. Youth sports have become big business. Millions of dollars flow to coaches, leagues, equipment, road trips, motels, tournament fees — and the list goes on. We give in to the herd mentality along with our confounded friends so that our kids won’t be seen as outliers.

We buy the hype about scholarships to college, but the numbers don’t support the athletic route to money. Despite what your “professional coach” tells you about your child’s athletic prowess, it isn’t possible to tell if your 12-year-old has the right stuff to be a college athlete. Very few scholarships are full-ride packages; most don’t come close to covering the cost of college. But when I tell parents that their kid’s chance of scholarship money is less than 2 percent, they shake their heads in sympathy for the other 98 percent.

I treated two teenage sisters who had career-ending knee injuries in the same year. Fifteen thousand dollars of their father’s annual income had been going to three different elite traveling softball teams. His goal was a college scholarship. Now their knees and chances at athletic scholarships were ruined. But $15,000 a year would have been a great D.I.Y. college fund.

Lucas will be fine. He’ll learn how to navigate adversity and that, in and of itself, is a valuable life lesson. In the future, he’ll make decisions for his own kids. Maybe by then we will all have relaxed a bit.

Great Interview with Meghan Duggan

Posted in Guest Authors, Hockey, MBSC News, Media, Nutrition, Training, Training Females with tags on August 4, 2014 by mboyle1959

Check out this great interview with Meghan Duggan

Should You Overhead Press

Posted in Injuries, MBSC News, Media, Strength Coach Podcast, StrengthCoach.com Updates, Training, Training Females, Uncategorized, Youth Training with tags on July 23, 2014 by mboyle1959

Take a look at this short clip I filmed for Stack Magazine and Stack.com on overhead pressing. Should you? Where do you start? Click the link.

http://www.stack.com/video/3651831063001/page-title

Being an MBSC Intern Part 2

Posted in Guest Authors, MBSC News, Random Thoughts, Training, Training Females, Youth Training with tags , on July 22, 2014 by mboyle1959

Here is part two Daniel Breens’ series about his internship at Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning.

Being an MBSC Intern Part 2

Does Your Ten Year Old Play One Sport? Read This.

Posted in Guest Authors, Injuries, MBSC News, Media, Training, Training Females, Youth Training with tags , on July 16, 2014 by mboyle1959

Here’s another piece in the anti early specialization arsenal. Why can’t parents get this?

ESPN The Kids Are Alright?

Nice Piece on MBSC Client Mike Grier at the Select 17’s

Posted in Hockey, MBSC News, Media, Training, Uncategorized, Youth Training with tags on July 9, 2014 by mboyle1959

Former long time MBSC client Mike Grier is coaching at the Select 17 camp.

Take a peek

Grier Grooms Next Generation at the Select 17’s

Strength and Conditioning for Swimmers

Posted in Injuries, StrengthCoach.com Updates, Training, Training Females, Uncategorized, Youth Training with tags on July 7, 2014 by mboyle1959

I received these email questions from a viewer of Functional Strength Coach 5

Here are the questions:

Q 1. Swimming does seem fundamentally different from other sports since we are not on land. I’m trying to figure out how that fact should influence the programming we do during our strength work on land. Swimming is a highly shoulder-driven, internally rotated activity. Keeping shoulders healthy is my primary concern. Do you have any suggestions beyond floor slides to warmup the shoulders and upper body?

My first thought came right from the first hour of the seminar “your sport is not as different as you think”.

This answer was written in a thread on my StrengthCoach.com site by site member Justin Levine

Think of it as “athlete specific” training not sports specific. OF course there are some specific things swimmers need to work on but get them to be a better athlete and they will be better in the pool.
Teach them how to roll and stretch as most youth athletes have no clue how to do this properly. Educate on proper warm-up strategies so they know what to do pre-swim meet. When it comes to the workout, teach basic jumping progressions focusing on landing mechanics first. This will enhance there starts and pushes off the wall. Add in shoulder stability and core stability as fillers. This will create a balance shoulder girdle and a strong core to transfer more force through the legs are arms. Get them “brilliant at the basics” (Thanks Dewey Nielsen author of Brilliant at the Basics) in terms of strength development. Master bodyweight movements first. Split squats, chin-ups, inverted rows, hip lifts, push-ups, planks, push-up walks. Remember to keep it simple because the basic movements will get these kids strong and stable.

The workout I just did with 3 swimmers looked like this:

Foam roll
Stretch
Mobility/Dynamic warm-up
Ladders drills

Power:
1a: Controlled squat jump and stick
1b: MB OH and chest slams
1c: Front Plank
1d: Y’s/T’s

Strength:
1a: Split squat
1b: Chin-ups
1c: Wall Slides

2a: Hip Lifts
2b: Push-ups
2c: Side Plank
And remember to COACH COACH AND COACH MORE!

Justin Levine
Owner, California Fitness Academy
http://www.livecfalife.com

Q 2. While leg power is important for swimmers (off the turn and start), it seems less so than for land athletes. Would you recommend a greater emphasis on upper body exercises for swimmers? Unilateral upper body movements for swimmers? I’m even thinking of a band-assisted single-arm pullup rather than a regular two-armed pull-up.

1/3 of the race is start and turn in short course so lower body strength and power are still important. I would not do unilateral bodyweight pulling like you mentioned. I think it could be dangerous.

Bottom line is that although swimming is obviously different, strength training for swimming is not. The same set of basic rules apply.

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