The number one physical priority with our young men is safety, both on the field and in the weight room during training. Undoubtedly, there is risk associated with playing sports and participating in a fitness program. However, through continuous emphasis of our weight room rules and procedures, the importance placed on technique, and gradual exercise progression, rest assured that we are taking every precaution to prevent against injury during the training process. Though nothing can prevent injury during practice or competition, our well balanced and comprehensive physical preparation program aims to decrease the risk associated with participation in sports.
Youth Resistance Training
Resistance training, when the correct technique, exercise progression, and safety measures are followed, is a very safe and beneficial activity for youth. The below links and articles are from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and will explain the importance of, and concepts behind, an effective and safe youth resistance training program.
Long-Term Athletic Development
Youth Strength and Conditioning
Rest and Nutrition
With the high academic and athletic demands that our young men face throughout their four years here, adequate rest and proper nutrition are absolutely crucial to their development in both areas. Good sleeping habits and eating well must be part of their LIFESTYLE, not just done sporadically. Generally speaking, the parents are responsible for what foods and drinks are available at home, and control when their kids go to bed. Bottom line, these areas are your responsibility to enforce! Lead by example!