Strength and Conditioning Training

If Your Teen Has Back Pain That Won't Go Away, See A Doctor!


As we head into the last month of the school year (at least for some of us), parents start asking each other, "Hey, what is your kid doing this summer? ("Translation for non-Texans: "What sports is your child playing this summer?")

As lots of sports parents know, summer does not always mean fun and hanging out by the swimming pool anymore. In this deeply sports-obsessed state, there is no off-season. Ever! Middle school football running back breaking tackle

When her 13-year-old son came home each day from track practice complaining of back pain, a Texas mom thought the pain wasn't anything to worry about. Turns out the pain was a red flag about a serious injury.

Resistance Training For Children and Teens: Compelling Evidence of Benefits, Expert Group Says

Thinking about starting your child or teen in a resistance training program, but wondering whether it is a good idea? Not only is there no cause for concern, but, according to a new international consensus statement (Loyd RS, et al 2014), resistance training for children and adolescents has two major benefits: improved athletic performance and a positive effect on overall health.

3 Things Every Parent Should Know About Resistance Training for Youth Athletes

The decision of when to sign up your child for some form of resistance training is a tough decision for many parents. Unfortunately, there is a lot of misinformation when it comes to resistance training for youth athletes, some of which has been around for decades. It's time to set the record straight, says a veteran strength and conditioning coach.

Hip Strength and Stamina Important for Long Distance Runners

Whether an athlete is running high school cross country, preparing for a local half marathon, or getting ready for an ultra-competitive international triathlon, improving the strength and stamina of their hip muscles can help improve times while reducing the risk of injury.

Single Leg Squats: Crucial Exercise For Athletic Success

Every sports training program looks to achieve two main objectives: improve performance and reduce risk of injury. One particular exercise that does not get enough attention is the single leg squat. For lower body strength, balance, and overall reduced risk of injury, regular performance of this exercise is crucial to athletic success

Muscle-Enhancing Behaviors More Common Among Teens Than Previously Thought

The use of muscle-enhancing behaviors among middle and high school boys and girls - including such unhealthy behaviors as using protein powders or shakes, steroids, and other muscle-enhancing substances - is substantially higher than previously reported, a new study finds.

Resistance Band Training: Effective and Affordable For Youth Athletes

Rubber resistance bands are some of the best and most affordable training tools kids can use. Available in a variety of styles, sizes and strengths, resistance bands offer benefits other types of strength and conditioning equipment can't match.

Foam Rolling: Essential Part Of Athlete's Training Routine

By rolling different muscle groups across a large piece of cylindrical foam, kids not only better prepare their bodies for exercise, but they can also help speed recovery time from intensive training and competition.

Taking An Athlete's Gym On The Road Is Easy

Taking an athlete's gym on the road is easy, says strength and conditioning guru Mike Boyle, if they just bring along a few simple tools.

Plyometrics: Good, But Don't Overdo It, Says Trainer Mike Boyle

Plyometrics is an Eastern European name for jumping, popping, and throwing exercises which train an athlete's nervous system to become more explosive.  For young athletes, says strength and conditioning trainer and coach Mike Boyle, a little bit of plyometrics is good (around 25 to 30 jumps a couple times a week); more not so much.
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