Archive for the Youth Training Category

MBSC Internship Part 4

Posted in Guest Authors, MBSC News, Training, Training Females, Uncategorized, Youth Training with tags , on August 29, 2014 by mboyle1959

I wanted to finish up posting Daniel Breen’s series on the MBSC Internship.

Here’s Part 4

The One Dumbbell In-Season Program

Posted in Hockey, MBSC News, StrengthCoach.com Updates, Training, Training Females, Uncategorized, Youth Training with tags , on August 27, 2014 by mboyle1959

I recently spoke at the USA Hockey Level 5 Coaches Symposium in Las Vegas on Designing a Program for Your Team. The basic premise was to develop a “rink-based” program that any team can follow. It is based on a previous post called The All I Need is One Dumbell Workout.

So many coaches complain about not having a weight room, not having a strength coach, not having equipment etc. My feeling is instead of complaining, find a solution. There is a quote I love that sums this up.

“Better to light one candle than to sit and curse the darkness”

The truth is you can actually get a great workout in with only one dumbbell. You can get your entire team training for less than $500 in most cases.

To start, pick a dumbbell that will be challenging for Dumbbell Rows ( challenging but, not the heaviest you could use, think 80%) and then do the following

First, do your power movement for three sets of 5 reps. We use the Dumbbell Snatch but, you can use Jump Squats if you are not comfortable teaching the Dumbbell Snatch.

You could also simply use Jump Squats. The key is to do a power exercise. Power and strength are not the same, power exercises are done explosively and are designed to work the nervous system more than the muscular system.

After doing three sets of your power exercise, it is now on to strength. I like to alternate an upper body exercise and a lower body exercise. For this program, we want to choose exercises that can be done in a rink with one dumbbell or no equipment so we will use Split Squats and Pushups as our first two. Do your strength exercises for ten reps

When an athlete can  do two to three sets of ten bodyweight Splits Squats, use your bleachers, benches etc to progress to Rear Foot Elevated Split Squats

Once you want to load it, you can use your one dumbbell and perform a Goblet Split Squat

If you run out of weight, progress to One Leg Squats.

You alternate your Split Squats or One Leg Squats with Pushups. Pushups are great because there is no dumbbell needed.

You can use three different versions. Based on ability level

if you need a regression for an athlete who struggles, again use your bleachers or benches for Inclined Push Ups.

for more advanced athletes, you can do Decline Pushups.

Next, pair up 1 Leg Straight Leg Deadlifts with Dumbbell Rows, again alternating from one to the other.

You can start with the reaching version of the One Leg Straight Leg Deadlift

and then progress to a 1 Leg Straight Leg Deadlift  with a dumbbell in the hand.

last, add a  Dumbbell Row

Do this circuit 2-3 times and you will have a great total body workout that only requires one dumbbell per athlete.

Size Matters

Posted in Guest Authors, Hockey, Injuries, MBSC News, Media, Strength Coach Podcast, StrengthCoach.com Updates, Training, Training Females, Youth Training with tags , on August 25, 2014 by mboyle1959

This is awesome. Watch the first video at least. Thanks to my friend Michelle Amidon.

Size Matters

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.

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