Youth: Preparation for the Path

by Michael Boyle |  Date Released : 01 Sep 2006

  • Introduction
  • Training kids is no different – a beginner is a beginner
  • Mind set is the biggest difference
  • Specializing too young – retarding growth
  • Inserting adult values onto youth
  • Begin sports specific training at age 13
  • Fear around resistance training
  • Growth plate damage – overuse, not over strain
  • Kids need to be taught – to run, land and the technical skills of weight training
  • Technical proficiency of the basics
  • Figure skating and gymnastics – organized child abuse
  • Motor development
  • Physical education – games vs. movement
  • Bodyweight load progression
  • Programs based on numbers vs. actually helping them play better
  • Performance evaluation dangers – no testing
  • Purposefulness – teach kids about succeeding and learning for LIFE vs. scholarships and winning
  • Sport as a doorway to the SELF – not the end result
  • Kids make fair teams – adults try to stack them
  • Learning how to lose
  • Prepare the child for the path – not the path for the child
  • Training youth is about teaching kids
  • Values of discipline, rules, punctuality, respect = not sets and reps

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Michael Boyle

About the author: Michael Boyle

Michael Boyle is known internationally for his pioneering work in the field of strength and conditioning and is regarded as one of the top experts in the area for sports performance training. He has made his mark on the industry over the past 30 years with an impressive following of professional athletes, from the US Women’s Olympic teams in soccer and ice hockey to the Boston Bruins, Boston Breakers, New England Revolution, and most recently the Boston Red Sox. His client list over the years reads like a "Who’s Who" of athletic success in New England and across the country including legendary Boston names such as Nomar Garciaparra, Cam Neely, and Ray Bourque.

Mike is a featured speaker at numerous strength and conditioning and athletic training clinics across the country and has produced many instructional videos and DVDs in the areas of strength and conditioning, personal training and rehabilitation.

In 2012, Michael was selected to become part of the Boston Red Sox coaching staff, acting as a strength and conditioning consultant for the team.

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