OVERTRAINING THE YOUTH ATHLETE

OVERTRAINING THE YOUTH ATHLETE

SEPTEMBER 8, 2017 // PATRICK ESTES

During my time at the University of Maryland, our weight room was in close proximity to both the basketball court and player locker rooms. It was a great set up and it allowed us to keep our eyes on the athletes. Like most D1 athletes, their schedules are chaotic due to class, study hall, practice, individual workouts, meetings, and time in the weight room. As S&C coaches, we had front row seats to the organized madness which was the athlete’s everyday norm. Don’t get me wrong, the structure is necessary for the success of the athlete, however, it can sometimes be overwhelming for their development.

BIOLOGICAL RHYTHMS & HEALTH

MARCH 19, 2015 // AARON DAVIS

I write a lot on performance — and make no mistake, it’s what drives my learning and coaching.

But to understand performance I have found it better to understand health.

Health is the foundation that performance is built on. Regardless of what the general fitness gurus say, performance first is not a foolproof approach to health.

WE ARE ALL WRONG.

MARCH 5, 2015 // AARON DAVIS

“If you identify with a mental position, then if you are wrong, your mind-based sense of self is seriously threatened with annihilation. So you as the ego cannot afford to be wrong. To be wrong is to die. Wars have been fought over this, and countless relationships have broken down.” –Eckhart Tolle

Is there anything worse than being wrong?  

I am stubborn, competitive, and like most coaches I have an ego.  

The last thing I want to be told is that I am wrong.  

Thankfully I hear it all the time from my fiancé, business partner, mentors, athletes, and even data from athlete monitoring.

HIGH INTENSITY TRAINING: IS IT REALLY HIGH INTENSITY?

HIGH INTENSITY TRAINING: IS IT REALLY HIGH INTENSITY?

JANUARY 20, 2015 || AARON DAVIS

High Intensity Training might be a cliche choice of words. It’d be more appropriate to reference it as ‘intensity within sport specific conditioning’.

A growing trend emerges the more we consult with athletes and coaches: finding balance between volume and intensity (with intensity being the missing piece).  

Don’t get me wrong, coaches and athletes are attempting intense workouts, but either do too much (weekly frequency) or coaches poorly design workouts that do not appropriately challenge the athlete at the intensity needed for improved performance. 

BRAIN: HEALTH AND PERFORMANCE

BRAIN: HEALTH AND PERFORMANCE

JANUARY 13, 2015 || AARON DAVIS

Health and Performance are often talked about from the neck down (Cardiovascular and Muscular system).  

Yet the brain is the master controller of the heart, lungs, and our muscles.  It plays a huge role in the aging process as well as regulating the vast amount of functions of the body. It is our “central governor” of fatigue and you only need to google the buzzword “CNS Training”  to realize the importance of the brain in coordination and strength.