It never fails, every evening when my high school athletes show up for their training session, they tell me about a friend who got hurt during their school workouts. More than not it is usually done while performing a max lift. This brings me to my post, read on.

When working with H.S. athletes we must first look at the obvious. These young boys and girls sit in a classroom all day. The result of this is dysfunction in the hip and shoulder region due to tight and weak muscles that will correlate to poor range of motion in their hip and shoulder joints.

While in the weight room, it seems that the number one priority among most trainers, coaches, and athletes is how much they can lift. As mentioned above, lack of proper mobility in the joints will more than often result in poor technique and will usually lead to an injury.

Most high school athletes have so much on their plate that they end up under nourished, lacking the proper amount of sleep, in addition to being pushed every day in the weight room and practice to keep knocking out intense workouts. Then top it off with the emotional stress that they deal with in their personal lives outside of sports – talk about stressed out!

When training H.S. athletes we must stop looking at them, as if they are professional or elite athletes, and stop trying to mimic what these elite athletes do to prepare for their respective sport or event. Something that is often overlooked when observing how professional or elite athletes train is that…… THIS IS WHAT THESE PEOPLE DO FOR A LIVING. All they do is sleep, eat, and train. They are also adults and their bodies have matured physically and biologically.

Adolescent athletes are in such a prime phase of growth and development that biomotor improvements (speed, strength, and power) occur quite naturally. Mother Nature has seen to that. Testosterone output is high, muscle density and growth is taking place and neural plasticity, although starting to close, has established a base level of coordination that enables proper summation of forces.

Our job when dealing with high school athletes is to: help prevent injuries, aid in the development of proper skill execution related to power, force and speed production, and add to the training age and knowledge-base of the person in front of us.

To find out how to effectively and optimally train high school athletes (boys and girls) please check out www.athleticrevolutionmatthews.com.

Until next time, Coach George

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  1. John Fitch

    Couldn’t agree more…George has us converted to that way of training.

    John Fitch
    South Meck basketball


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