Myths and assumptions in training young athletes

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1. Myths and assumptions in training young athletes Objectives Identify some common constraining beliefs Explore the basis of these beliefs Refined, more informed perspective

2. Prevailing beliefs? Young people should be protected from stress T/F Certain forms of stress are unsuitable T/F Low impact/endurance-type training is safe T/F High impact/explosive-type exercise is unsafe T/F

3. Common beliefs relating to ‘strength’ training Strength training slows you down Strength training makes you bulky Strength training reduces flexibility Strength and endurance training don’t mix Strength training is dangerous

4. Definitions Strength The maximal amount of force a muscle or muscle group can generate in a specific movement pattern at a specific velocity of movement (Knuttgen & Kraemer 1987) The ability of a given muscle or muscle group to generate a muscular force under specific conditions (Siff 2000) But in reality ‘strength’ is a general term used to describe a number of aspects of physical performance

5. Definitions (contd) Stress ‘The response of the body to any demand made upon it’ (Seyle 1946) Beneficial stress => Positive response Detrimental stress => Decay, damage Training Process An exercise in stress management; planning, application, & control

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