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A Note To Parents of Athletes

A stronger athlete is a better athlete!

Being a parent myself, I can certainly appreciate that your child has academic rigors as well as co-curricular and athletic commitments that take up most of theirs and your time.  In understanding that, as well as the fact that you support your child’s endeavors, it needs to be made clear that an important aspect of their success should not be overlooked.  This particular piece of the puzzle that I am referring to is their strength and conditioning program.  It is unfortunate, but too many young athletes don’t prioritize strength training in their overall plan in becoming a better athlete.   Strength training is vital to their success by helping reduce the chances of becoming injured (which could be just for a game, the season or for a lifetime) and making them more physically and mentally tough enough to compete with those of the same skill level.

It’s very important that a young athlete follows a simple and effective training approach that its main focus is on safe and productive exercises that will elicit the best possible results in an efficient manner.  The keys to making a program successful are compliance, consistency and above all, hard work.  These, along with good nutrition and proper recovery are the backbone of a productive exercise program.  If these criteria are met, there is a very good chance your child will promote gains in muscular strength, improve their cardiovascular/cardiorespiratory fitness and enhance flexibility as long the parameters are met.

  Remember, a stronger athlete is a better athlete!

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