🙌🙌 Love this from Coach Roy. I have started working with a young athlete recently who has no training age as yet, luckily hasn't really got into any bad habits yet. After his movement screen I discovered a few issues that needed to be addressed due to some asymmetries. I use the "building a house" 🏡 analogy a lot because it's true, you have to work on the foundation first and have that solid and waterproof and strong so it won't subside under pressure. 🤔 It's the same with S&C, work on basic movement patterns first before any load is introduced and even then, working with the bar alone until technique is perfect to progress to working with load.
I see so many young lads who play soccer or Gaelic football rock into gyms and without any activation or mobilisation go straight for the squat rack or bench and load it up heavy and try and bang out a few reps, straining to keep good posture.
It's all about small steps with young athletes especially who are new to it and maybe still growing physically.
First things first is to perform a needs analysis for the athletes chosen sport so we know the energy systems are predominantly used in their sport plus where it falls on the Force/Velocity curve to judge what type of strength/power is neeed for that given sport.
You perform your screen to see any weakness or asymmetries and conduct a fitness assessment and profile the athlete. You then implement a structured S&C program based on training age, sport demands and results if your screening process.
Then it's a case of enhancing the athletes strength qualities and energy system development as you progress. As Karl Gilligan from KG elite performance says "keep the water crystal clear" 😀👍👌 Don't muddy the water and you will make the athlete a better athlete not just stronger 👍