Category Archives: Growth & Development

International Olympic Committee (IOC) consensus statement on youth athletic development

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Below you will see the abstract from the full report and also some of the major principles outlined in the report. Please let us know if you agree with the points made and if you have any thoughts specifically related to this topic. Continue reading

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Youth Athletic Development: International Olympic Committee Consensus Statement

Below are some of the conclusions from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) consensus statement on youth athletic development which was recently published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. Some very interesting conclusions and ideas presented. Very relevant for any Continue reading

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Should Young Kid Lift Weights? What Does the Science Tell Us?

For the last few decades, the discussion around whether young kids should lift weights or perform resistance training has progressed substantially. It is important to review the science around resistance training in young individuals and make decisions about training based on the best available science. Continue reading

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10 Key Concepts of Youth Physical Fitness

Improving youth physical fitness is a major objective of city, state, regional and federal government agencies, multiple organizations and trade associations, non-profits and private companies. Below is an article provided by Continue reading

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Position Statement on Youth Resistance Training: The 2014 International Consensus

The summary of the document concludes with this statement: “A compelling body of scientific evidence supports participation in appropriately designed youth resistance training programmes that are supervised and instructed by qualified professionals.”

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Dr. Ellen Rome: Eating Issues in Young Tennis Athletes

Perspectives from Dr. Ellen Rome on Eating Issues in Young Athletes. She is head of the Center for Adolescent Medicine at The Cleveland Clinic, a member of the iTPA Certification Commission and a member of USTA Sport Science Committee. Continue reading

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Olympic Lifting for the Junior Tennis Player: Audio Clip from Dr. Feder

Olympic Lifting For The Junior Tennis Player – A Perspective from a noted Orthopedic Surgeon who has been a Team Physician for Olympic Weightlifting at the 200 Summer Olympics and who works with dozens of professional, collegiate and high school tennis athletes. Continue reading

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The Runaround Forehand Footwork Drill – Young Athlete

As the runaround forehand is a major potential weapon for all athletes, developing the appropriate footwork pattern at a young age should be a goal of any coach Continue reading

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2012 STMS/USTA Tennis Medicine & Injury Prev Conference Summary: Dr. Brian Hainline’s Positioning Youth Tennis for Success

Brian Hainline, current Chief Medical Officer (CMO) of the United States Tennis Association who in 2013 will become the first Chief Medical Officer for the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), presented a unique presentation titled “Positioning Youth Tennis for Success.” This presentation included information Continue reading

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Progressive Coaching Cues for Teaching the Resisted Scapula Retraction Exercise

Here is a short video clip showing a real life example of a progressive method of teaching a basic scapula retraction movement with slight resistance (tubing). Continue reading

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