My athlete is new to the sport and still learning skill sets. Will he or she still benefit?

This answer is whole heartedly yes. We recognize that an athlete is an individual and even in large team settings, we don’t use the same coaching style for everyone. With different skill and motivation levels across the board, we can determine our best course of action to inspire, direct, guide, or delegate to get the best performance out of your athlete.

What can I expect to see improve in my athlete in the first 4-6 weeks?

From our initial screenings, we will re-evaluate after this period of time. Our emphasis in this short term is to ensure that we have eliminated most if not all movement compensations that not only lead to decreases in performance but also possible injury. In this time, we will also look to see a large improvement in landing mechanics and the ability to decelerate when changing direction or in a linear direction.

What qualifies you to train my child?

Top Recruit Sports Performance employs coaches with only the highest credentials when it comes to strength and conditioning. Our team holds not only the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) credential, but also programs under the guidelines of the International Youth Conditioning Association (IYCA). Our other credentials include specializations from the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) in corrective exercise and performance enhancement as well as the United States of America Weightlifting (USAW). As a team we also bring to the table over a decade of experience with various populations and teams from all ages and skill levels.

Is strength training safe for my child?

Statistically speaking weight training done properly is one of the safest activities to participate in. Not only does it help young athletes develop body awareness that relates to sporting activities, but it also has proven to prevent many common overuse and non-contact injuries.

Doesn’t weight training impede or stunt my child’s development?

There is a misconception that weight training causes an increase in hormone levels contributing to the early closure of growth plates. This process doesn’t actually happen until the early to mid- 20’s and if were true there would be no strength and conditioning programs at the High-School or Collegiate level. Strength training does vary depending on ages, but more around the level of structure to the program. As for training that alters hormone levels, this is mostly irrelevant until after puberty.

What should my young athlete and I expect when coming in for the first time?

When coming into our facility, the first priority is to fill out a medical questionnaire and waiver so that we can get a better picture of your athlete’s medical needs and past injury history. It is our philosophy to approach any weakness head on, but to also have the highest regard with clinical standards. After a tour of the facility, your athlete will be put through composition, movement, and performance screenings with direct video feedback to figure out how we can be most effective in improving performance. Upon completion, you will receive an email with a complete interpretation of our analysis as well as a plan of action. Make sure your athlete wears something comfortable and make sure they have eaten something 2 hours before participation.

How many times a week should my athlete strength train?

There is no right answer when it comes to this question, but we can discuss all of the variables we consider when designing a program. We know that many young athletes have various activities they participate in and we encourage multiple skill sets. But, this leads to some young athletes to being “In-Season” for up to 9 months out of the year. We want to be realistic when considering a young athlete’s activity level so please let us know everything they may be doing. As far as frequency is concerned, our programming is also determined by biological age as well as training history. Top Recruit is a very holistic program when it comes to athletic development. One of the biggest detriments to an athletic career is specializing too early for a given sport.

How is this any different from my child going to sport practice?

Sport practice is designed to develop skill sets specific to that activity/ position. A strength and conditioning program should develop all of the physical attributes that allow the athlete to become more efficient at which ever activity they choose.