Home Training Is Not Enough to be Competitive
So your child wants to take their game to the next level and has their eyes set on college. A parent's first response is generally to do everything within his or her power to help make this happen. But, if you’re thinking about devising your own strength and training program for your young athlete, you may be making a big mistake.
Many parents make several key missteps when trying to do it on their own.
1) You child isn't finished developing physically.
Although your high school athlete may appear fully grown, his isn't. Bones and tissues are still working their way to full size and strength. This is especially important when choosing exercises because failing to perform strength training exercises with the proper form can cause long-lasting damage that may permanently sideline your child.
2. Failing to focus on sports-specific exercises.
While you may think you know which types of drills and strength training exercises will be beneficial to your child's sport, that YouTube video probably isn't giving you enough information to truly be effective. By working with a trainer who can identify which drills your child needs the most training on, a workout can be personalized to produce quick results. And, if you find a trainer who is familiar with the progression of those vital skills and where your child falls along the line, you will see much greater progress.
Plus, trainers will also have pricey exercise equipment that you don't have access to at your home or local all-purpose gym.
3. Focusing too much on sports-specific training.
While focusing on sports-specific training is important, there is the danger of narrowing the training too much. If you focus too quickly on sport-specific skills, your athlete won't continue to develop fundamental tools. Student athletes who develop core endurance, flexibility, speed, and strength are much better prepared to adapt those general skills to the sport-specific tasks such as swinging a bat or kicking a ball.
Additionally, your child may respond to better to a non-parent coach or trainer, allowing them to continue to develop important maturity skills of performing on a team or for a future college coach.
So, if your child comes to you for extra help, think carefully whether you are best equipped to help them reach their goals.
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