Big believer in training to be “athletic” as opposed to specializing in only one sport.
There is no denying the fight against early specialization is a losing battle. When college scholarships and big money are on the line, there is nothing that can be done to win the battle against money. But this rise in early-specialization does not have to spark a rise in sport-specific training for young athletes. In fact,as strength and conditioning coaches, we should use this rise in early specialization to develop athletes, not one-trick ponies. I believe this can be done by using a concept I learned about from Greg Robins, which is to view athlete’s training capabilities in the form of a diamond.
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