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Sports Article: Sports Conditioning... Is it appropriate for your child?
By Karen Goeller, CSCS
Copyright © Goeller
This article is not for reprint without written permission from the author.

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Sports Conditioning offers the athlete an edge over the competition. The purpose of sports conditioning is to complement current sports training.

Sports conditioning is most often more demanding than general fitness training. Sports conditioning is ideal for children who strive for greater performance in any sports activity.  It  is meant to enhance an individual's strength, balance, coordination, flexibility, speed, and power, which can be carried over into all sports. Athletes usually perform exercises with weights, fitness bands, medicine balls, bodyweight, etc.

Athletes and coaches are constantly seeking an advantage over the competition to help them achieve an edge.  Many teams and athletes can gain an edge over the competition through intense sports conditioning programs.  A good sports conditioning program incorporates general strength and sport specific movements in addition to injury prevention exercises.

Besides improved performance, the conditioning program is an important step in injury prevention.  Many athletes are not aware that sports conditioning is a necessity for injury prevention.  Conditioning can help develop the strength, flexibility, and agility necessary to protect joints from injury.   In recent years more coaches and parents have come to realize the benefits of a conditioning program.  Coaches and parents should keep in mind that even if the athlete is properly conditioned, there is still a chance of injury.

Sports conditioning is not the same as general fitness. Traditional fitness training is great for helping people look good and achieve basic fitness goals such as weight loss, strength gain, cardiovascular endurance, and more flexibility. Athletes need a more sports-oriented training program besides the general fitness.  Sports conditioning programs must include unique exercises that simulate the skills of their sport.

Sports conditioning should be directly related to the sport in which the individual participates.  A good sports conditioning program includes strength, power, speed, quickness, agility, movement skills, deceleration, balance, reactivity, and anaerobic capacity.  Besides meeting the specific skill requirements of the sport, a good sports conditioning program should meet the individual needs of the athlete.

The only way to train for peak performance is to have a plan.  The conditioning should be complementary to the demands of practices and the game itself. The goal should be two-fold, peak performance in games and future goals.  The intensity and extent of an individualized program should take into account the physical needs of the athlete and their goals after a careful evaluation, the time frame established to reach the goals, and the amount of hours each week an athlete can regularly devote to a program.

Sports conditioning is a year-round commitment for many athletes. It often includes four training seasons each year: pre-season, in-season, post-season, and off-season.  The most important aspect of sports conditioning is establishing a good fitness base.  Once the athlete has a high level of general fitness they can begin to train with more advanced and more sport-specific exercises.

Youth sports conditioning is a fast growing trend in today's fitness industry. Keep in mind that sports conditioning should be directly related to the sport in which the athlete competes. Most sports conditioning programs are designed for athletes who are training to improve their performance, but they do offer injury prevention benefits because the athlete will become stronger, more flexible, and more ready to compete. Make sure you find a quality program with qualified trainers because your child's health and happiness should always come first.

By Karen M. Goeller
Karen Goeller has been training athletes since 1978. She has an education that includes training in emergency medicine, physical therapy, and nutrition. She has held certifications that include NSCA-CSCS, Fitness Trainer, EMT-D, Nutritional Analysis, and many Gymnastics Certifications among others. Besides being author of the Gymnastics Drills and Conditioning books, Karen is the author of the Swing Set Fitness books. She has also published journals, training programs, and articles. Her books are used by fitness experts, coaches, teachers, and athletes worldwide. Karen has worked for world famous gymnastics coach Bela Karolyi, owned a gymnastics club for ten years, and has been featured in several newspapers and on television many times. She offers sports performance training and private gymnastics training in NJ. For more on Karen visit www.KarenGoeller.com.  


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