Keys to Training Youth - Part 1

by Peter Twist |  Date Released : 15 Nov 2005

  • Introduction
  • Pete’s background in sport
  • Youth -> corporate -> seniors -> everyone’s an athlete
  • Challenges of new generation
  • Primary fitness characteristics: cardio, strength and flexibility
  • Secondary fitness characteristics: balance, coordination, agility, functional strength, movement skills and reaction skills
  • Challenges of modern sitting generation
  • Movement-based training applications across all populations
  • Youth phases of development: neauromuscular, skeletal maturation, muscle maturation
  • 0-12 years old – nervous system maturation
  • Challenges of early selection process
  • Building balance, agility and confidence
  • Youth obesity and lifestyle challenges vs. yesterday’s lesser demands and PLAY in movement
  • Average child watches 25 hours of TV per week
  • Food options have expanded into packaged, junk and fast foods
  • Solution – turn off the TV and go out and PLAY
  • Inspiring kids to move again – exercise needs to be fun
  • Tag and follow the leader – engaging the mind and body
  • Working with the blank canvas
  • Maturation phases
  • Pre-pubertal – nervouse system development, controlled tempo, whole body exercise
  • Bench press vs. dual stability ball push-up - Increasing recruitment and activation 1000%
  • Pubertal Stage – skeletal growth but no muscle growth yet
  • Increased injury risk with change in direction and deceleration
  • Girls 8:1 ACL injury risk
  • Controlled pace, agility drills
  • Post pubertal – hormones now respond to strength training
  • Increase load – hypertrophy + sports specific movements

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Peter Twist

About the author: Peter Twist

Peter Twist is President and CEO of Twist Conditioning Inc, which offers sport conditioning home-based and live certifications, a line of 300+ sport fitness products and franchised sport conditioning facilities. From coaching in the NHL for 11 years and operating private athlete camps, Twist has coached over 700 pro athletes including hockey MVP Mark Messier, basketball MVP Hakeem Olajuwon and baseball MVP Justin Morneau. Twist has authored seven books, 16 DVDs and over 400 articles on athlete development and functional fitness, was awarded the National Strength & Conditioning Association’s President’s Award and CanFitPro’s Specialty Presenter of the Year for his sport conditioning system and education delivery. He serves on CanFitPro’s Advisory Board and is a Contributing Editor for IDEA.

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