Youth Conditioning – avoid it and you your kids will suffer!
I don’t know if the title for this blog post was too harsh, or maybe not harsh enough.
The subject of youth conditioning is a pretty close to my heart for many, many reasons. Not the least of which is the fact that I have 2 kids, a girl 10 and a boy 12, and that I own and operate Hostyle Conditioning.
But it goes so much further these days…
Childhood obesity is at an all time high, kids are suffering from diabetes, heart conditions, stuff that we didn’t see Â people have to deal with until they hit their 50’s and older.
Childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and tripled in adolescents in the past 30 years
Sure Â wasn’t something we expected to see 10 years old suffering from is it?
Obese youth are more likely to have risk factors for cardiovascular disease, such as high cholesterol or high blood pressure. In a population-based sample of 5- to 17-year-olds, 70% of obese youth had at least one risk factor for cardiovascular disease.
They schools at the elementary level are NOT even close to the solution!!
I know for a fact in my kids school, tag is being banned, soccer is being banned, no one can bring a baseball bat to school anymore.
What are the reasons? Well they vary from the neurotic to the just plain pathetic
- we don’t want anyone to get hurt – liability issue? – sorry I thought the schools had insurance
- some kids are too competitive
- some kids are better at the sports..ahh yes the “no one can ever lose” mentality that was put into place by 50 year old phd childhood types who never got over losing a soccer game when they were 10 themselves
- some kids feel left out
- it was raining outside and there is surface water ( the term is ‘Puddle” and they are not the death traps that you think they are)
- some kids don’t play well with other or have behavioral issues so instead of disciplining or teaching the child, the activity gets shut down altogether
The percentage of children aged 6â€“11 years in the United States who were obese increased from 7% in 1980 to nearly 18% in 2010. Similarly, the percentage of adolescents aged 12â€“19 years who were obese increased from 5% to 18% over the same period.
Then we see the other end of the spectrum.
My kid is gonna play every sport imaginable at the highest competitive level!
Having 2 kids my self in sports I see the gong show that this has become too.
We are asking or enabling our kids to play sports at the highest level possible.
However the focus is all on
- Skills only
- too many games
- buying our kids the most expensive equipment possible ( it’s like the guy who is always buying the newest 500$ driver every year hoping to improve his score but hasn’t gotten any better at swinging the club or gets too tired or sore to use it properly after 10 holes)
- making sure your kid gets his fair share of ice time or field time irregardless of the quality of his play or fatigue level
Where more focus is needed
- cardiovascular conditioning – making sure your kid can last the whole game
- strength conditioning – can your little Johnny or Susie handle the physical demands of the sport and be able to thrive against other players
- mobility – can they even move properly or are they acquiring imbalances that will restrict their abiility to even execute the skills they have learned.
- good non sports specific training acts as a de-stressing oppurtunity
- eliminates excess energy and allows for better mental focus (very important esp for young boys who have trouble sitting still in class or listening to the coaches)
- Lower chances of injury and faster recovery rates
How many games are lost because the kids are too tired after the 2nd period, or last 2 innings?
What good is knowing where to be during the play if you don’t have the physical stamina to get there in time.
Whats the benefit of a 250$ baseball bat if the kid cant swing the bat hard and fast enough to get all that “bat” into the ball.
If you can’t skate up and down the ice 50 times in a game at full speed why spend 500$ on the best skates?
Listen the odds of your kids making the pro’s at his or her favorite sport is like 0.000033 %
this is based on 30,000 hockey players who were born in 1975 of that year 1 player played more than 1 year in the NHL.
However the odds of kids who did or did not play sports but had a balance of athletic conditioning living a healthier fitter, more socially adjusted life as they grow up
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