28 Aug What Coaches and Parents Need to Know About Training the Pre-Adolescent Female Athlete
I’ll be honest: the female athletes who I’ve worked with over the past 8+ years, who have gone on to play at a high level (ECNL, Division 1 and abroad), are the ones who started with me during pre-adolescence.
They were munchkins.
They were awkward.
They were not coordinated.
They were imbalanced.
They were unsure of themselves.
They committed to year-round resistance training, fun games, a variety of movement and developed at their best physically and neurologically, socially and psychologically.
They’re moving smoothly, crushing Pull-Ups, blasting past opponents with lightning speed, out-running others in the final minutes of the game, and stepping onto the field with confidence.
The young female athlete is a blessing to coach, let alone, develop under a long-term physical development model, and get her started during the critical years of motor learning and neural network building (ages 9-12).
Of course, the literature shows the plethora of benefits of resistance and variety of movement training for young girls, as well as my experience-based evidence.
I was so grateful to dive in on both research and experience in my most recent published article for Stack.com.
You can read the full article here: What Coaches and Parents Need to Know About Training the Pre-Adolescent Female Athlete.
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