Typically, children today take on more sports, start serious training at a younger age AND spend more time training at an earlier age.
Research shows that whilst the volume (time) of structured sport is on the increase, play related physical activity is on the decline. Play based activity are things like riding a bike, walking to a friend’s house, playing on a trampoline.
With this increase in training volumes of structure sports – there is a growing trend towards more sports injuries within young adolescent athletes. Whilst training sessions for sport improves the skill base and proficiency; the training sessions often neglect the appropriate recovery strategies, physical conditioning for sport and injury prevention strategies.
Many of these injuries are related to the excessive loads associated with sport combined with insufficient recovery times between training and competition.
Young athletes should consider working on the following areas to reduce their risk of injury;
- Increase pelvic and lumbar stability / strength
- Improve movement efficiency (related to chosen sport)
- Increase mobility
Physical preparation training completed away from the playing area or practice court/ field / pool should prepare the young athlete for the physical demands of their chosen sport.
The goal of physical preparation with an Exercise Physiologist is to reduce the risk of injury AND improve performance within their sport.