Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Speed Camp is here

The Speed & Agility camp has finally arrived and has kept me very busy this summer. It has been a great experience working with the kids and helping them improve as athletes. In the short time that I have been working with the kids I can tell that the biggest obstacle for kids is strength. Strength limits their ability to get in certain athletic positions, hold certain positions, and reach maximal speed with running. It is funny to me when I see different coaches making 9 year old kids lift weights without preparing their young bodies with relative strength exercises such as pull ups, push-ups, lunges.....

The simplest cues can dramtically change the time that they run in certain speed drills. The reason being that most kids have no idea of how to run. Arm swing drills, knee step over drills, floor drills, and wall drills are most effective because I think they force the kids to learn optimal technique for speed. I would have loved to have had an opportunity to learn how to run at such an early age. I will be updating the results of the camp and am excited about what is to come.


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