So you want to be a Youth S&C coach? The 6 most important things you need to do…(Part 2)

In the first part of this series, we discussed all the various tasks and roles you may be asked to do as an S&C coach! If those tasks haven’t put you off, in this post we’ll discuss exactly what you should do, how you should do it and why, in order to stand the best chance of landing a fulltime role in S&C.
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“If you can’t fly then run…” Training around injuries

Unfortunately, injuries are part and parcel of participating in youth sport. Yes, we can reduce the likelihood of them occurring with a  good warm up, sound movement mechanics, tolerable work loads and appropriate strength and conditioning programs, BUT we can never really eliminate them. Sometimes, despite all our hardest efforts, a late tackle or poor decision can mean time out of the sport of choice… So, obviously that means our youth athletes must rest completely on the sidelines until their injury heals, right? ABSOLUTELY NOT!
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The problem is you don’t know what you don’t know…

The cycle of learning…

Ever heard the phrase “A little knowledge is a dangerous thing?”.

Well it’s true and it’s just as true in the physical development of athletes as it is in any other field.
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Are you microwaving your athletes?

If you’re anything like me, you enjoy a good meal. Especially a steak…

For me, you just can’t beat a piece of quality, aged beef cooked to medium rare, or some slow roasted barbecue pulled pork, or a nice beef joint roasted slowly. If you cast your mind back to a really memorable meal, I doubt it came out the microwave!
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The horror show

When I watched the footage back it wasn’t pretty…

As part of some formal CPD through my workplace, I was tasked with recording a coaching session and reflecting on it… it was horrendous.
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Why youth strength and conditioning is a failure… (Part 2)

So, just how can we structure can we give to this sort of process?

In Part 1 of this blog post, we examined why a closer examination of strength and conditioning for youth athletes might be deemed a failure due to the very low attainment rate of athletes achieving elite status.

We then examined how a wider holistic “Human first, athlete second” approach which includes a focus on academic progress, career path and personal development might lead to us redefining ourselves as being in the “Human potential business”. This may lead to our influence outlasting any coaching relationship or sporting career.
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Why youth strength and conditioning is a failure… (Part 1)

What’s Ghandi got to do with S&C?

This post is an adaptation of a presentation that I had planned to give at a conference some time back. Unfortunately I had to withdraw and it’s never seen the light of day since, so I decided to reincarnate it as a blog post!

If strength and conditioning coaches are to be judged on results – the number of players progressing to elite/professional/senior status, then the profession and we as coaches are colossal failures.
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