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Sports Performance for Kids

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The sports performance coaches, physical therapists and athletic trainers in UW Health Sports Medicine's Sports Performance program develop comprehensive programs accessible to athletes of all ages and ability levels, with an emphasis on long-term athlete development.

 

Sports Performance training programs debut in Fall 2015. Contact our staff to learn about how we can help you become a better athlete.

 

Sports Performance for Kids

 

Play to Train (ages 7-10)

An athlete's first exposure to movement should not be in competitive sports. Sport-specific focus at an early age has been proven to stunt the development of physical attributes and can lead to high drop-out rates. Learning a broad scope of proper movement skills at a young age will carry over into every sport and develop a well-rounded athlete for a lifetime of movement and activity.

  • P.L.A.Y. (Physical Literacy and Youth): Developing movement literacy in a fun and games environment youth athletes will enjoy. Focus on motor coordination and development of balance, speed, agility and stability to establish a foundation of fundamental movement skills and athleticism for life.
  • Sports Foundations: Review of fundamental movement skills with an introduction of basic sport skills like striking, receiving, hand-eye coordination as well as spacial and body awareness. This program will help create a balanced athlete will a variety of sport skills that will carry over to a wide variety of sports.

Learn to Train (ages 11-14)

Training programs at this stage focus on continued development of sound movement fundamentals in context of sport-focused training. An emphasis on developing physical capacity means intensity of training increases to challenge any level of athlete. As intensity increases, education, nutrition and recovery become vital in the continued improvement and adaptation of the athlete to training demands.

  • Speed-Strength I: Develop multi-directional speed and quickness using scientifically-proven, ground-based training techniques. Athletes will improve start, acceleration and change-of-direction speed. Introduction to strength training and plyometric techniques appropriate for adolescent athletes.
  • Sport-specific Training: A combination of sports- and position-specific training with physical performance training, to support skill development. Athletes work directly with coaches for an experience unlike any other and lead them down the path of athletic excellence. Sports Include basketball, hockey, volleyball, soccer, football, baseball/softball, and swimming.

Train to Compete (ages 15-18)

Training programs at this stage focus on continued development of sound movement fundamentals in context of sport-focused training. An emphasis on developing physical capacity means intensity of training increases to challenge any level of athlete. As intensity increases, education, nutrition and recovery become vital in the continued improvement and adaptation of the athlete to training demands.

 

 Sport  Emphasis
Baseball Offered in the early spring, our preseason baseball program is designed to improve throwing and bat speed using proven, evidence-based training protocols.
Basketball Offered in the fall season, this program prepares basketball athletes for the rigors of the season by improving vertical jump, quickness, strength and conditioning level. This program is offered for both boy and girl athletes separately.
Football Offered in summer, the football preseason program will focus on developing multidirectional speed and strength for the football athlete. We will offer two sessions for interior and perimeter football athletes.
Golf Offered in the early spring (Boy’s season) and summer (girl’s season), the preseason golf program will introduce golfers to physical conditioning to improve their game. This program will include core stability in addition to movement power specific to the golf swing.
Hockey Offered in the fall season, this program is a dry-land preseason program concentrating on balance, stability, strength and power specific for the hockey athlete.
Running Offered in the summer, the running preseason program will supplement the runner’s traditional miles program with an emphasis on stability and lower extremity strength.
Soccer (Girls) Offered in early spring, the Girl’s Soccer program focuses on improving quickness, agility and speed while developing sound cutting mechanics to reduce knee injury risk.
Softball Offered in early spring, this program is designed to improve running speed as well as throwing speed and bat velocity using a progressive training program.
Swimming Offered in the fall season, this program emphasizes core stability and upper body power.
Volleyball Offered in summer, the volleyball preseason program will focus on lower body power and shoulder stability for the volleyball athlete.

 

Speed-Strength II: With increased sport demands comes increased need for strength and speed in sports. This program teaches athletes how to strength train for improved athleticism using a variety of exercise techniques including common weightlifting and plyometric exercises with an emphasis on athletic strength.

 

Team Training (by appointment only): Sport-focused team training programs. Use our facility or we’ll travel, coaches can bring their teams to our state-of-the-art facility to train for their sport. Teams that train together in the offseason have better chemistry and work together better in-season. Special team training rates apply.

 

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