KETO DIETS PART II: THE IMPORTANCE OF CARBOHYDRATES FOR THE ATHLETE

Ok, so we have to talk about the ketogenic diet and its use with athletics. I have heard some coaches suggest a ketogenic or low carb diet for team sport athletes, which prompted me to write this article.  Eating low carb or going on a keto diet is the worst thing an athlete can do […]

IS “AGILITY” TRAINING ALL THAT IMPORTANT?

One question I hear a lot from the parents of prospective youth sports performance clients is “Do you guys do speed and agility training?” “My kids need more agility!” While I understand the concern, this request may be misinformed. It is pushed through the media a lot that agility is the number one things that […]

SHOULD STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING BE SPORT SPECIFIC?

The short answer is yes and no. The younger, less experienced the athlete is, the less specific the training has to be. There are some very general skills that need to be learned before any specific work can take place. Given developmental stages and physiological maturity levels, it would be inappropriate to for a program […]

STRENGTH COACH VS SKILLS COACH: TWO PIECES IN THE PERFORMANCE PUZZLE.

Strength is a skill. That skill needs to be taught by a qualified professional, just like sports skills need to be taught by someone who understands the mechanics of the game. It wouldn’t make much sense to take your soccer player to a technique coach that doesn’t understand how to teach soccer skills or does […]

HOW TO PROGRESS YOUTH ATHLETES FOR BEST PERFORMANCE

Here in America, we tend to look at the athletic development of a child in the short term. “How is Johnny going to get that college scholarship if he doesn’t make the varsity team as a freshman? He needs special training!” “How long is it going to take to get my boys in peak shape? […]