Our gym is set up to directly impact each and everyone of our members. There is always someone on the floor…we are there to answer questions, fix mechanics and offer general guidance. Classes are ran the exact same way. My instructors are specifically told to be active when they are coaching. They need to be fixing things on the spot…not letting it go and worrying about it later….multiple missed reps in a session is not acceptable…
Coaches/trainers are letting their clientele get away with murder. With respect to young athletes, weight often comes before function. Making sure an exercise is a good fit is seldom the thought. Technique mastery should come before anything…we do not allow any of our kids or adult clientele to move up in weight unless mechanics are pristine.
Warm ups are not proper either. It is amazing how much butchered stretching happens before kids are told to engage in physical activity. Squirming around on the floor, twisting themselves into awkward positions and then told to go run…this is how kids get hurt. Simply knowing that bones grow faster than ligaments and tendons in adolescence that have not gone through a growth spurt will solve your static needs. A proper dynamic warm up culminated with strength training should do the trick.
What happens when kids get hurt? Specific programs or exercises become taboo. Kids need to be loading their bodies accordingly to build a sound structure and to build confidence. It is amazing to me what a little bit of weight lifting can do for young men and women. Kids these days need strength training more than ever. More specifically, they need to seek out an individual who can coach these mechanics properly.
Injury rates in adolescence athletes are through the roof. They are not strong enough to participate in the sports they play. Fact is, kids not only need to be stronger, they need to be assessed appropriately. This is the difference between using a proactive model as opposed to a reactive model with your athletes. Assess someone up front and make the exercise selection from there. Learning how someone moves before you load them is surprisingly effective.
If we continue to follow this trend, we get endless training sessions that use nothing but agility ladders and parents paying obscene amounts of money for a glorified babysitting service.
Below is an example of dead lift at bodyweight from one of our youth athletes!