Strength and Conditioning Can Be the “Deal Breaker” for Young Athletes

dlBy Nunzio Signore  (B.A., NASM, PES, CPT)

Aside from the obvious things a college coach or recruiter looks for when evaluating a ball player (arm strength, hitting power and defensive ability), one of the biggest deal breakers is a player’s size and body composition.

Size and body comp can go deep into projecting the future both performance-wise and health wise of a ball player.

College coaches also look at a player’s body type to determine what they’ll look like, and how well they’ll hold up to the tougher demands of a college strength program. Here at RPP we have developed a training program with both strength as well as mobility and stability training built into the program to ensure joint health . This can go a long way in preparing a player in the off season, as well as ensuring that they will finish as strong as they started during the season.

Looking at it from a younger perspective, We see parents come in to RPP and tell us they want us to “make their kids faster” or tryouts are coming up and they want them to “make the team”. Once again strength training comes into play. I can’t tell you how many kids we have trained here that end up “making the team”, something that I feel comes from succeeding through a well-developed strength and conditioning program . (Kids under 13 can still strength train as long as they’re using body weight as to not interfere with growth plate development).

Confidence and character also go a long way in displaying a stronger more bio-mechanically (posture) sound body type. This weighs big in the first impression many coaches and recruiters get upon first glance at a prospect. Players with a sloppy body composition appear lazy and may not get a second look.

Getting athletes on a good strength and conditioning program will give young players a jump start on the competition as well as giving them the best opportunity to play at the next level. Here at RPP, we train many kids who already are or will be playing at the Division 1 level. They’re gifted and are meant to be there so that makes our job a bit easier. The true art in this profession is to take an athlete who may not have made the team last year and put him there this year.

The strength and conditioning programs at RPP start with a one-on-one body assessment, as well as a mini combine to track progress. Our programs are also designed to maximize a players strengths as well as addressing his weaknesses and reducing their risk of injury.

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