She eyes the goal with a fierce determination, her breath in perfect cadence… this is her moment. She quickly darts past defenders, moving the ball between her fast feet, smiles at the other team’s goalie as she sends the ball into the top right corner — just out of reach.
Whether a coach or parent, we can’t help but beam with pride when our athlete exceeds all expectations, and with confidence. Every practice, every tournament, every game they continue to grow and develop into the athletic star we know they’re meant to be. But what is it exactly that got them there? And, how can we continue their training in a way that further develops this athleticism?
Enter: Strength Training.
As more children become involved in school or community-based athletics (at younger and younger ages), our attention must turn towards the proper training and conditioning to optimise performance, ensure safety and mitigate injuries, as well as increasing our young athlete’s confidence, self-awareness and esteem.