Youth Sports Training Programs
This video was a feature on the Today Show regarding youth sports training programs. Â I have mixed emotions about it. Â The take away is that young children shouldn’t be body building, especially at 10 years of age. Â I have several problem with the video and they are as follows;
- The 10 year old’sÂ liftingÂ technique in the video was flat our terrible(as his parents watched). Â The experts didn’t comment about that and I’m not nit picking about technique either.
- The parents were not spotting the 10 year old as he struggle to bench press. Â They are watching him execute terrible technique several feet away. Â A USC running back almost died a few years back when he “lost” a bench press on his throat. Â That happened even with him being spotted by a professional coach.
- The comments about the growth plate being effected is totally false. Â The same expert that says that bodybuilding is terrible for growth platesÂ recommendsÂ strength training?? Define strength training? Â Regardless of what is done with strength training, it does compress the joint and growth plates. Â Up until a few years ago, a study did not exist onÂ weightÂ training effecting growth plates in children in any way. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think that an adolescent should be performing extensive weight training. Â My concern is spine compression on a growing young athlete. Â If the athlete can squat properly with a stick, medicine ball, and a kettle bell I might progress them to a weighted bar(10-30 pounds). Â The bar would be something that would be done occasionally as a reward. Â My concern is the amount of volume of spine compression over the week and month. Â Again, none of this is weight training would ever be heavy for the athlete.
- TheÂ physicianÂ doesn’tÂ explain the need for sports performance training or strength training by getting specific at all. Â All he had to mentioned was strength training focusing on relative strength(body weight strength). Â A mention of gymnastic would’ve been great and something that those watching would have understood.