Over the past decade the intensity of youth athletics has grown immensely bringing a greater demand for youth sports training. Specialization and year-round sports have become somewhat of a norm for most kids. Preparation for high school and college seems to be of utmost importance when it comes to children’s sports and the learning part of it has been thrown out of the window. From burn-out, to parental frustrations, to money, and so on, the problems of single-sport youth are abundant. Yet, even with these problems, parents and coaches are encouraging their kids to pick a sport and stick with it. What they need to be doing is encouraging multiple activities, creating a more well-rounded child.
When it comes to developing a future all-star, there is a lot more than just playing the sport. During youth, the body and brain are learning how to work together and form quality movement and strength. Being well-rounded means being able to not only move in different directions but also control the body throughout those movements. If a child grows up playing a single sport all year long, that child only learns those movements and creates imbalances that could lead to future injuries, aches, and pains. Being involved in multiple sports and multiple activities allows a large collection of movements to be experienced and creates a holistic athlete.
Beyond the Field
There are numerous ways to help advance the athleticism of a child. One of the trends that seems to always be a topic amongst parents is “speed training”. There are all kinds of camps and gyms where an “expert” conducts speed training classes that are meant to improve the speed of a young athlete. These may include foot work drills, sprinting, jumping, and other little gimmicks that promise a better sprint time. All of these tools have a place but the issue comes down to putting a child through those drills when that child is unable to control his own body. There is a progression that must be followed in order to provide a safe and effective climb up the athletic ladder.
Youth sports training programs at Top Recruit does just that: progresses. Each child that comes in is taught the basics of proper movement and how to control those movements. Learning how to squat, jump, run, skip, and react are all part of the process. Once these concepts are understood there is a progression of strength building through these movements. Creating strength is the foundation of speed and agility. If a child has little strength, there is little chance he or she can develop speed and/or power. It’s at this point the games can begin and the movement and strength developed can then be used to create the full athlete. From throwing to jumping to sprinting the athlete can then be taken to the field to perform in a multitude of sports.
Create an Athlete
Developing a young athlete is not all about playing a specific sport. It is about becoming a better athlete by learning how to move and control the body, learning how to react safely and efficiently, and playing multiple sports. Being well-rounded as a child will give him or her a head start to develop into the specific sport he or she chooses as high school and college approaches instead of trying to create a star volleyball player from age 5. Learn how to be an allover strong athlete and be involved in multiple avenues that will eventually lead your child to finding one or more sports in which they will both succeed in and desire to play.Top Recruit youth sports training will help create a stronger and more confident athlete both on and off the field.