Don’t you love seeing the look of pure joy on your child’s face when he or she scores for the team?
Children quickly learn that some of their best moments come from hard work.
That’s why youth sports are so great – they help children learn that success is earned through discipline and persistence.
However, the competition continues to get tougher as children grow up. Even children with amazing work ethics and high levels of motivation can have trouble keeping up with their teammates and competitors.
Eventually, your child may get stuck in a rut, wondering why everyone else around is getting better at the sport, while he or she is staying at the same level.
The Field Isn’t Fair
No matter how devoted your child is to the sport, the playing field isn’t always fair.
Other athletes may have access to better coaches and resources.
Youth athletes who have the resources to learn new tricks and techniques often go on to make the varsity squad and earn collegiate athletic scholarships.
A regular sport’s coach often doesn’t have the training to help your child gain the edge.
Usually, the children who flourish in sport are the ones who have outside help from a skilled professional, such as a youth sports trainer.
Youth sports trainers are experts in sports performance training…but not all youth sports trainers are equal.
The best youth sports trainers are NSCA certified and have experience creating safe and successful sports training programs.
Our skilled youth sports trainers at our Fort Myers Sports Performance Training facility have helped all of our athletes reach their full potentials in sport.
We’ve seen the many benefits that sports performance training has for youth athletes, which is why we are sharing them with you!
#1: Increased Strength
A child is continuously growing until adulthood. Structural and hormonal changes that occur through growth can be tough on the body and contribute to a decline in sports performance.
Luckily, sports performance training can counterbalance these changes by supporting healthy bone and muscle development through strengthening exercises.
Children as young as seven can benefit from the strengthening exercises performed in sports performance training.
The strengthening exercises are age-specific, sport-specific, and should not get confused with heavy lifting (which is harsh on a growing body).
Depending on your child’s age, he or she may practice sport-specific exercises that only use body weight.
Safety is always the number one priority for youth strength training, so each exercise is closely monitored and molded to your child’s stage of development.
Your athlete will practice strengthening exercises to improve speed, stability, coordination, agility, balance, endurance, and power – all ingredients to a winning sports performance.
In addition to improving sports performance, the strength training done through sports performance training also carries these great benefits:
- Protects your child from sports-related injuries
- Helps your child maintain a healthy body composition
- Promotes healthy blood pressure and cholesterol levels
- Strengthens the muscles and bones
#2: Advanced Speed & Agility
A lot of people believe that speed and agility are natural skills, where some children just have “more talent” in these areas than others.
However, this belief almost always is proven false.
Speed and agility are skills that any child can learn, even if it seems like the child has always had a hard time keeping up with others.
There are very specific exercises that improve speed and agility. When your child learns these exercises, they will start to see significant advances in both their speed and agility.
Whether your child wants to change directions more swiftly or cross the finish line faster, the speed and agility drills in sports performance training will help your child move with greater speed and ease.
#3: Better Endurance
Maybe your athlete is already quick as lightning but could use a bit more stamina.
Through sports performance training, your child will practice the best exercises and strategies for better endurance.
Endurance training will enable your child to power through challenges, remain focused, and maintain good technique even when tired.
Not only will endurance enhance your child’s overall sports performance, but it will also help protect your child against injury.
Many injuries occur when the athlete is tired and consequently loses focus or form.
Tiredness is inevitable in most sports – but learning how to maintain the proper posture, form, and technique despite this tiredness is one of the best ways to avoid common sports injuries.
As an added bonus, endurance training often carries over into other parts of a child’s life, such as improved concentration in class and a better ability to tackle tough projects.
#4: Greater Flexibility
Don’t we all wish we could have the flexibility we had in our youth?
Most people slowly lose flexibility over time unless it is maintained through stretching and mobility exercises.
Flexibility might not impact young children as much, but once your child gets into their middle and high school years, they can experience a weakened sports performance caused by poor flexibility.
A youth sports performance trainer can pinpoint which areas need a flexibility boost.
Simply looking at a child’s posture and technique during certain movements is usually enough for a youth sports performance trainer to see where your child needs more flexibility.
Once your child’s flexibility is improved, your child should see improvements in their technique.
Greater flexibility will also reduce your child’s risk of injuries caused by poor flexibility (such as muscle strains).
#5: Heightened Self-Confidence
Numerous scientific studies indicate that children feel greater self-confidence, self-esteem, and psychological satisfaction from participating in sports.
The downside to this is that self-confidence usually lowers in children who struggle to play at the same level as their peers.
In fact, a child who performs worse than their peers in sport is more likely to drop out.
To witness your child go from passionate about a sport to defeated by it is truly disheartening.
A great sports performance trainer does not point out what’s done wrong, but what’s done right, pointing out your child’s strength and improving upon your child’s weaknesses.
Sports performance training will allow your child to see his or her true sports potential.
As your child begins to achieve goals and get a clearer picture of their capabilities, he or she will enjoy increased self-confidence that they can carry with them forever.
Don’t Let Your Athlete Fall Behind – We’ll Help Your Athlete Shine
Our youth sports performance training program at Back In Motion Fitness & Performance in Fort Myers, Florida, is one of the safest and most successful programs available.
What makes our youth sports performance training so effective?
It is led by a skilled sports performance team of NSCA certified trainers and is overseen by a Doctor of Physical Therapy.
Every youth athlete who completes our training program is significantly stronger, fitter, and happier with their sports performance than ever before!