Building a Proper Foundation for Student Athletes

Posted: 01/26/2011 in Uncategorized

Progressive Education is Key to Success

A student couldn’t understand advanced literature unless they were taught to read.

They couldn’t solve difficult mathematic problems without a basic foundation of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.
A degree in science couldn’t be obtained without first being exposed to the basic elements of biology, physics and chemistry taught at the high school level.

Elementary through High School is a progressive building block of knowledge gaining that allows students to eventually specify and excel in a single area of study.
If a student were to miss any of the steps leading up to their degree their chances of success are significantly lower.

The school years have been created based on understanding curriculum, and the time needed to be taught properly.

If you were to take all the lessons contained in a standard second grade school year and condense it down to 6-weeks of class time, you would find that students would not understand, comprehend or retain much, if any, of the material.

They would be overwhelmed and simply unable to move on to higher levels of education successfully. Students need basic building block of knowledge, and it needs to be taught in a timely, progressive manner.

You Can’t Study Just Math

Even if an 8-year-old child excelled and loved everything about math, a parent wouldn’t restrict them from learning the material offered in all subjects.

Removing basic curriculum such as linguistics, Science and Music would severely handicap students from a developmental learning perspective.

General knowledge is a critically important element for children to be exposed to and learn at a young age. It sets the foundation for thinking process, problem solving and even study habits.

Athletic competence also requires progressive training

Athletes cannot hit homeruns, or throw 30 yard touchdown passes without the knowledge of the basic movements required to do so.
They could not navigate high school track and field events with success, without proper running form.
Players could not even adequately weight train without knowledge of proper anatomical movement.

The youth sport experience should also be a progressive building block of knowledge intake that allows young athletes to eventually specify and excel in a single sport.
If a player were to miss any of the steps leading up to High School sports their chances of success are significantly lower.

Youth sport curriculums need to be created with age appropriate, sequential teaching methods designed to build an athletic foundation. That foundation needs to start with an understanding of basic anatomical movement, and coordination.

You Can’t Just Play Basketball

Even if your 8 year old loved everything about the sport, and showed early promise and talent to play, you should not allow them to “specialize” in one sport.
Removing the movements that are found in other sports will decrease a players’ ability to have a strong overall movement foundation.
A good movement foundation eventually leads to mobility, flexibility, and multi directional quickness that is needed to excel at the High School level and beyond.
If anatomical understanding does not take place at an early age it is harder to learn as a student matures. This causes student athletes to become overwhelmed, not keep up and eventually drop out of sports all together.

Young athletes ages 8-14 need to study, understand and execute movement from many types of sports and exercise to be able to have success.
Below is a video from a trainer from Athletic Revolution explaining the concept of proper movement training, and why it is important. Enjoy!

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