In a USA Today News Article from 2013 “1.35 million youths a Year have serious sports injuries.” The number of sports injuries a couple of years later is now 2 million and this statistic is high school youths only whereas the USA Today statistics took into account all youth age groups. The top sports for injuries were: Football, Basketball, Soccer and Baseball with the top injury reported as being strains and sprains.
My question to you the trainer, the parent, the coach:
· Are your current training methods working or are those methods causing more injuries?
· Are the current training methods used to train your athletes and your children setting them up to have issues with joints and muscles in the future?
Training to be an athlete is a challenging journey- physically, emotionally and mentally. While times may have changed regarding the amount of information out there on ways to assist the athlete in training, the processes and the methods used have not evolved to the same level.
What if a training regime could include:
· Athletic development
· Conditioning the body to strengthen secondary muscle groups.
The second level of conditioning is adding more protection to prevent injury.
Coaches still focus on training athletes as they have in the past. Sure it worked and still works, AND WHAT IF WE CAN DO BETTER.
Many coaches approach injury prevention through their existing training program in the weight room lifting weights. The challenge with this approach is that you are still activating and putting most of the stress on the primary muscles. The opportunity to properly train the secondary muscle in this environment while reducing the load and stress on the primary muscle is near impossible. The result is the ability to train the secondary muscles used in a sport by doing weights is negligible. To truly incorporate preventative measures in a training program, the focus should be on developing the secondary muscles used in the sport. When the secondary muscles are developed they offer additional support to the primary muscles used in the sport. This reduces the stress and potential injury to the primary muscle. The load is spread out between the primary and secondary muscles rather than being directed on just the primary muscles.
Coaches and trainers who want to bring innovative training to their athletes to take them to a new level should be incorporating this type of training. This training gives them an edge over other athletes whose coaches say, they are too busy, or want to focus on the “tried and true” method of training.
By adding just one easy to implement component to your training curriculum you can reduce athletic injuries and vastly improve athletic performance on the field, court, stadium and arena.