Have Youth Sports Questions? Find an Answer Here:
Q: What is an appropriate age for a child to start Athletic Development and strength training?
With the ever growing intensity and competition in youth sports, pre-pubescent athletic development is crucial for mitigating risk of injury, teaching proper movement patterns and neurological and neuromuscular development. The Mayo Clinic HIGHLY suggests age-appropriate strength training and athletic development at age 7.
Q: How do we get our child excited about working out?
Simple, bring them to DX3- Actually finding, not forcing fun creative ways to exercise (not video games) that expose different practices, fun games and objectives, usually best with friends.
Q: My daughter is an athlete but she is really struggling with her self-image leading to eating paranoia, what can we do to positively encourage her?
Due to social and societal influences females really struggle with self-perception, especially if they are athletes. The challenge is the way they think they should be seen rather than what is their healthiest body composition to suit the demands of their lifestyle, body type and activity. Education and positive reinforcement is key.
Q: Can my son be taught to run faster? Or is speed genetics?
Both- yes speed is genetics but anyone can be taught to run mechanically correct, strengthened and instructed to run faster-Speed is taught!
Q: Is it true that girls get injured more than boys in sports?
Comparing gender ratios yes, but mainly for 2 reasons. Girls have less athletic development emphasis in their sports and lifestyle and they are naturally less developed posteriorly than males due to quad and anterior dominant programming and play. By training girls specifically addressing these issues injuries are less likely to occur.
Q: My son is the smallest kid in his 7th grade class, he loves sports and works really hard but my concern is his self -esteem, probability of injury and the simple fact that the coaches overlook him-any thoughts?
Yes, lot’s- he’s in 7th grade, pre-pubescent which means no one has any clue of what puberty will bring. Keep his focus on always giving it his best, never fear his opponents and be coachable. These are the characteristics coaches look for and your son can always feel good about himself if he knows he is doing his best- besides, the big guys are expected to show up, when the little guys do-they get noticed!
Q: How many days a week should my 10 year old be working out?
Great question, this greatly depends on total bouts of stress throughout the week including all practices, games, recreational play and privates. DX3 takes into account all bouts of stress on the body as it is cumulative and adds up which can lead to overtraining, injury and or burnout. Physiology states that after 96 hours strength loss begins and after 10-12 days deconditioning occurs. With this being said we typically like to have 3 bouts of strength training in off-season and 1-2 bouts during season depending on amount of practice and play. At 10, I like a 5 day a week regiment mixing all elements of training and practice.
Q: My daughter’s volleyball coach says she needs to do more skill training and less athletic training, what are your thoughts?
I never like to conflict with a coach as we all know a lot about what we know… Thinking logically and developmentally, you can do skills until the cows come home but… the speed, power and longevity of your delivery will determine your level of play-period. Additionally, sports will be over long before personal fitness and health are, not to mention running an increased risk of injury due to lack of proper development. I’ll leave you with that to make your own decision.
Q: My son who pitches in baseball is only 12 and is already in need of shoulder surgery, the doctor says it was over use at an early age?
Well we have to always agree with our Dr’s, however- overuse can mean a lot of things. We are only conditioned to the condition we’re in so over use is relative correct? Based on your sons development, training and conditioning would ultimately determine what overuse actually means-right? Additionally, baseball is a rotational sport that is heavily weighted on one side of the body not to mention it is way anterior dominant. Therefore, if the body is trained posteriorly, counter rotationally and the core is developed correctly the condition of the athlete and their shoulder goes up exponentially. Sorry- too many big words whooo- your son needs to be properly trained and it will substantially reduce his potential for injury and increase his longevity.