Youth athletes that display talent in a sport may specialise early and move into development programs to maximise their athletic potential. What are the pros and cons of sports-specialised intensive training? Do these development programs result in improved performance, or do they increase injury and burnout rates?
What injury prevention programs can be used with youth athletes? How effective are the different programs? For each of your youth athletes, how can you identify and target their individual injury prevention needs with an appropriate S&C program?
This online course with Dr Jon Oliver (PhD) will provide you with exercises & programs you can use to comprehensively rehab your youth & adolescent patients and prepare them for sport. You will explore:
- What are the risks and benefits of sports-specialised intensive training?
- Are training load and injury in youth athletes related?
- The truth about Ericsson’s 10,000 hour rule - does it have any validity in the sporting context?
- Does early sports specialisation improve or reduce outcomes and opportunities for success?
- How can you tailor workloads of young athletes to avoid burnout and achieve the best sporting results
- How successful are S&C programs at preventing/decreasing injury rates?
- How effective are neuromuscular and proprioceptive training programs such as the PEP, FIFA 11+ and Harmoknee programs in reducing ACL and other injuries in mid teens, late teens and early adults?
- What is the best age to start an ACL injury prevention program?
- How you can develop individualised injury reduction programs
- Which tests can you use to identify individuals at higher risk of injury?
- Limitations of screening tests, and how to apply the results to training
- Neuromuscular risk factors for knee and ankle ligament injuries in youth soccer players
- How can you use screening results to design an individualised training program
- An example training program for an athlete with
- Poor frontal plane control and limb symmetry
- Poor reaction times and posterior chain strength
- General program design for youth athletes, including training load, screening, neuromuscular training, and individual training programs
- How to help create robust athletes that are able to train and play at a high level with a lower injury risk
- What to focus on when developing youth S&C programs
This is Part 3 in a series of 3 online courses on S&C with Dr Jon Oliver. Part 1 took you through common myths around S&C in rehab of youth and adolescents, and how to help them become quick, strong, powerful and robust. Part 2 then helped you develop an appropriate S&C program for youths and adolescents while avoiding overtraining & injury.