“In-Season” vs “Off-Season” Training for Youth Athletes

IDEA #1 — CONTINUED BUILDING OF GENERAL ATHLETICISM

What is meant by ‘ specific qualities’ required for the athlete’s chosen sport or position?

  1. The average time for one play in American football is 6 seconds with 30 seconds between plays.
  2. The average shift in ice hockey is about 30–45 seconds with 1:30–3:00 minutes between shifts.
  3. The average distance travelled in a soccer game is 10–12 km at the elite level and about 5–6 km for the goalie.

IDEA #2 — FLUCTUATIONS IN TRAINING LOAD WITHOUT COMPLETE REMOVAL

Since we are dealing with young and developing athletes, there needs to be a progression in the short-term, but also over the long-term.

IDEA #3 — FILL THE GAPS

Finally, in-season (and off-season) training should be designed to fill in the gaps that sport-specific training does not adequately address. As we know, there are specific demands for each sport.

FINAL THOUGHTS

The demand for younger athletes is a lot greater than it used to be. It is important for these young, moldable athletes to have various movement outlets available to them — to learn and develop skills.

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