Young Athlete Programme

Resistance training for positive health and fitness adaptations, as well as enhanced sports performance, is a concept now supported by a wealth of scientific evidence. There is even stronger support for this method of training for the young sportsperson – provided, of course,  they are closely supervised by qualified professionals.

Resistance training can and does improve strength and power, running velocity, change-of-direction speed and general motor performance in youth. From a health perspective, evidence indicates that this type of training also has huge benefits for adolescents. 

The foundation of our Young Athlete Programme is injury reduction. Although it is impossible to guarantee an injury-free path for the growing athlete, structured, carefully monitored strength and conditioning programming is likely to dramatically reduce the risk of injury. We also focus on improving wellbeing and performance.

The Young Athlete Programme has been written and is overseen by Aynsley Fry who is an accredited strength and conditioning coach and a registered osteopath. Aynsley has a special interest in growth-related injuries and has extensive research experience and an MSc in Strength and Conditioning.

Screening

Growing athletes are not mini adults yet, unfortunately, many end up being trained as if they were. Creating a profile of an athlete is key and we use our screening process to achieve this. We combine our knowledge of sports medicine, sports science and strength and conditioning to gather information. Screening is split into two parts:

1) Maturation, biomechanics, and movement – this enables us to create accurate training and programming methods based on development and not age. We also use video technology to access any areas of weakness, or movement fault patterns that could predispose the athlete to injury.

2) Performance – Performance testing is used to establish the athlete’s starting point, and to monitor the success of training interventions. Testing will vary depending on the athlete, but normally covers strength, power, agility, speed, endurance and body composition.

It is said that data is only as good as the people analysing it. Our team of dedicated sports scientists will guide you and your coach through the relevant findings. Correct interpretation of the data can lead to more efficient programming.

Strength & Conditioning Coaching

Parents are right to question the safety and appropriateness of their child participating in a young athlete conditioning programme. The two biggest risk factors are unsupervised training, and inappropriate training plans.

Our programme has been carefully designed and follows an entirely evidence-based approach to training. Our S&C coaches are accredited and always undergo in-house training to ensure a thorough understanding of the Young Athlete Programme.

We offer various ways of participating in our Young Athlete Programme including 1-2-1 and small group coaching along with remote and online assessments and programme design. For more information please send us an email including any questions you may have.

Programme Design

A ‘one size fits all’ programme design, especially for young athletes, is never appropriate. Athletes’ response to growth, training and competition will vary greatly. With this in mind, we design personalised plans following screening. Our unique method of programme design enables us to offer remote online planning and testing for athletes all around the world.

Nutrition

We often find that young athletes lack an understanding of nutrition. We all know the health benefits of training, but correct nutrition is equally as important. Our nutritional programme teaches an understanding of the relationship between food selection, performance, timing and recovery . Our unique approach to nutritional programming aims to empower the young athlete, encouraging them to take responsibility for their nutritional requirements.

Contact us

For more information about how to get your young athlete on our programme please email info@geckofitness.com

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