I was just watching a lecture from Mike Stone, head of the department of exercise and sport science from East Tennessee State, on power development in field and court sport athletes and he said something so brilliant I had to share it because it aligns so strongly with what we are doing here at Driven.
The message is very important for all parents and coaches who want was is best for young athletes and who have athletes that want to reach their truest potential.
Here is Mike’s part that really stuck with me:
“If you learn how to ride a bike at 9 or 10 years old and you ride it for several years I can get off that bicycle for years and within a couple of weeks be riding as good if not better than you did when you were a kid.
So we can learn things early on and if you learn them well they can stick with you in regards to motor learning technique.
But in terms of things like strength and conditioning if you do not continue to train them then they will disappear
That doesn’t necessarily happen with motor control and technique.
If you think about that that begins to tell you that if you learn the technique wrong it sticks with you and it is very difficult to change.
But if you learn technique well than you will increase the probability of exercise progress. In other words you will have progressed in that exercise better than you would have with poor technique. It also raises the potential of transferring to sport-performance and injury reduction.”
So what’s the take home message?
Not all training is created equal! If you go into a weight room and just start doing exercises that does NOT mean it will make you reach your potential. The risk of getting injured while training goes up and it does not raise the probability of injury prevention.
For younger athletes learning jumping and landing mechanics MORE is NOT better. Just because it looks fancy does not make it appropriate. Just because athletes get tired does not mean they are getting better.
They may get sore. They may improve because they are breaking a sweat and doing something. But they are NOT on a long-term athletic development strategy.
The message is also what makes Driven different. We do not skip steps. We hammer technique. And we fundamentally create good movement habits that can stay with athletes forever.
That’s why so many parents, coaches and athletes have chosen us and that is why we continue to push ourselves to get better. We know we are on the right track!