How Kids Need to Train for Sports



The days of just hitting the ice, field, court, and pool are long gone. Athletes are exploring different avenues of fitness to gain a competitive edge. The mentality of just playing the sport over and over to get faster and stronger is a thing of the past.

Each day, you hear about sports celebrities trying out or endorsing new workouts, all in the search to raise his or her game. Becoming more explosive, stronger, faster, has become the new quest. Now more than ever, there are a plethora of new workouts and types of training, but how do you know which one is right for your child? And how do you know which one will give your child that competitive edge?

Today we are going to give you some helpful insight on a few different styles of training that we incorporate here at H2T, to make the complete 'Head 2 Toe athlete.'

FRC: Otherwise known as Functional Range Conditioning, this is a form of active stretching used for injury prevention. FRC is mobility and joint training designed to increase the athlete's range of motion by combining both strength and stretching.

Yoga: Another form of flexibility training, yoga offers a few more benefits to an athlete such as muscle strength, reduced stress, proper breathing habits, increased flexibility, inner calmness and increase in blood circulation throughout the body.

Strength Training: Aside from the obvious increased overall strength, strength training also improves bone health, controls body fat, and decreases the risk of injury.

Cardiovascular Training: Increases the lung capacity which in return helps your child's stamina when playing their sport. Cardio training also reduces the risk of heart disease, lowers blood pressure, strengthens your heart muscle, boosts your mood and self-esteem and also helps with sleeping.

Plyometric Training: This form of training helps make your muscles more powerful and explosive. It increases muscle strength, tones the entire body, boosts stamina and metabolism. Plyometric exercises train your muscles so they have more power and force.

Agility and Speed Training: Agility training is essential for proper athletic performance. Agility training trains the brain and muscles to work together to send the body into multi directional patterns at increased speed and precision. Speed training helps train the athlete to have a longer stride covering more surface area faster, all the while maintaining good balance, speed and control.

Don’t get caught up with fancy names, workouts and equipment. Keep it simple and make sure you cover all aspects of fitness. If kids train hard, they will play hard. Until next time stay fit stay healthy!

About the Author: Sue Forberg is the Director at H2T Elite Dryland Training Inc. H2T is a multi-faceted state of the art dryland facility specializing in children the ages 5-16. A gym for kids you say... absolutely. Their primary goal is to enhance the quality of life for young people through exercise and proper nutrition. H2T has created a fun age appropriate dryland program that gives every child what he/she needs from a developmental standpoint. Find out more at www.H2Tdryland.com.

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