Random Thoughts on Sports Performance Training: Installment 39

Random Thoughts on Sports Performance Training: Installment 39

Written on June 29, 2022 at 10:21 am, Eric Cressy

It’s time for this month’s installment of my random thoughts about sports performance training. In light of this week’s $ 50 discount (ending Sunday night) sale on Mike Boyle’s outstanding assets, Complete youth trainingI thought I would focus this version on training young athletes.

1. Warm-up is also important in youth sports.

If you have read this blog over the years, you will surely appreciate that I am a great advocate for high quality. Foam As a way to optimize subsequent performance and reduce the risk of injury. However, I must admit that much of my writing on this subject has been focused on more advanced – and older – populations, whether in baseball, strength training, or any other athletic discipline. In the meantime, some of the youth sports warm-ups you’ll see are far from widespread – and if they really exist.

Fortunately, I now have the opportunity to revise this supervision by highlighting a recent meta-analysis, “Effectiveness of the Warm-Up Intervention Program in Preventing Sports Injury in Children and Adolescents”. You can check the full text Here. A brief summary of a ton of hard work by Ding et al. Across 15 carefully selected studies of 21,576 athletes (ages 7-18), a 15-20 minute warm-up injury reduced by 36%.

Beyond the obvious benefits of staying healthy, what is interesting to me about these results is that a variety of warm-up initiatives have worked to reduce these injuries. In older, more trained populations, there is an increase in body temperature and, as a result, greater benefits from tissue extensibility. Conversely, in a younger, more untrained population we see in this meta-analysis, you probably get more long-term protection from injury because warm-ups provide real training effects: improved balance, added strength, optimized landing mechanics, and a host of other factors. Host.

It makes me think that we can always benefit from “microdosing” important training initiatives with our athletes, and warm-up is one way coaches can do that. It’s interesting to consider whether the benefits would have been pronounced if the drills had been done at different times, but adaptation is adaptation, and warm-ups are probably the best way to ensure accountability in a group environment.

2. Ground-to-standing transitions may be the least hanging fruit for young athletes.

The closest friend of my childhood grew up on a farm. I will never forget the first time I went to help him with ballet straw; We basically walked / ran around a huge field for six hours, picked them up on the back of a truck and piled them up.

I haven’t bothered to look at the weight of each so far, but apparently it’s between 40 and 75 pounds. And, it will explain why my whole body was in pain for about a week. Perhaps surprisingly, that same friend was a good three-time athlete and a state champion in wrestling. Clearly, the farm has taught him how to work consistently. However, I can’t help but think that the reality is that most physical work – from feeding hay to feeding animals, digging – involves everything from low to high energy transfer – which is not very different from many athletic endeavors. . If you don’t live on a farm, what are some good ways to challenge this dynamic in training outside the Turkish get-up?

As you can see, these patterns can be trained at low and high speeds with and without external load.

3. Global energy can be a way to access other patterns and reduce injury risk.

In another recent study, The relationship between hip strength and pitching biomechanics in adolescent baseball pitchers, Albiero et al. Has provided some interesting results which are not entirely surprising. Now, please note that I don’t think some non-weight-bearing dynamometer energy tests provide the most accurate reflection of effective carrying for performance, but in this particular study, they help verify things we probably already know:

Improved hip extension strength in a thrower (traumatically) improves hip extension in pitching delivery.

B. More hip extension strength is associated with an increase in hip-shoulder dislocation.

C. Good hip-shoulder separation helps athletes translate the pelvic floor rotation rotation rotation to the upper extremity.

d Not surprisingly, previous studies have shown that hip-shoulder dislocation increases were previously associated with higher pitching velocities and decreased humeral rotation torque and valgus elbow load.

Message to take home? Young pitchers need to be strong in hip extensions to stay hard throw and stay healthy – and this benefit will probably be delivered through the effect of hip extensions on the hip-shoulder separation “setting up”. There is definitely a point to reduce the return on hip extension rom / power and although these benefits will not be offered on advanced pitchers.

Closing Thoughts

I can continue the lessons I learned about training young athletes (and I may be at a later date), but in the meantime, I strongly encourage you to check out Mike Boyle’s resources, Complete youth training. I love this product as an energy and conditioner trainer and guardian. Mike has done a great job of outlining the problems of the current youth sports landscape, including practical solutions to these concerns. You can learn more – and get a 50 discount at midnight on Sunday – Here.

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