Athletic Development Programs

“Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best you are capable of becoming”

John Wooden, Basketball

Benefits of Athletic Development Programs

There are many mental and physical benefits of a quality physical conditioning program. These benefits can ring true for athletes in any discipline and include:

  • Increased self-confidence on and off the playing field
  • Players with increased strength and resilience
  • Optimized cognitive skills
  • Increased technique and power
  • Promoting mental strength
  • Decreased number and severity of sports injuries
  • Delayed fatigue when playing
  • Better performance
  • Quicker and fuller recovery
  • Ensures quality practice
  • Makes the athlete better at their sport, and potentially other sports
  • Improved health and quality of life

Components of Athletic Development Programs

Physical fitness is more than just how fast you can run or how many pull-ups you can do. It is more than just how good you are at running ladders, or how heavy you can squat. Physical fitness is holistic in nature. Physical fitness encompasses several areas, including:

  • Agility
  • Endurance
  • Power
  • Speed
  • Strength
  • Co-ordination
  • Dexterity
  • Flexibility

A good physical conditioning routine will include exercises that work on each of these areas. Working on one more than another can cause an imbalance, therefore causing injuries and decreased performance.

Coaches Responsibility in Physical Conditioning

All coaches, no matter the sport, or the age group, are responsible for creating research-based programs. These conditioning techniques should be age and sport appropriate. Teaching techniques should support the athlete in his or her physical and sports development while respecting and allowing for safety. Coaches should encourage their athletes to make good decisions with their health and physical conditioning. Low-risk training practices should be encouraged and upheld.

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