The Junior Athlete Development Program is designed to help the next generation of athletes optimise their sporting skillset and create a stronger foundation for their athletic career. The 12 week structured program is scientifically-driven, helping young athletes increase overall performance, aiding injury prevention and giving them a unique advantage over their competition.
‘The Cube Gym’ Unit E, 134-140 Old Pittwater Rd, Brookvale
12-weeks with the option to continue after the 12-weeks.
Per week for 12 weeks
Per week for 12 weeks
It’s natural for parents to want to ensure the safety of their children, however, the old school beliefs around strength training for junior athlete is often misleading. Some of the most common misconceptions with junior athletes and strength training include:
Research has shown that when children are coached correctly on establishing good motor patterns first and foremost and then introducing weights under the supervision and through a specialised program that there are major benefits and the injury risk is minimal. Quality over quantity!
Numerous studies have shown that there is NO negative effect on growth plates from strength training.
An example here is a basketballer jumping for rebound can experience 4-6 x their body weight through their joints. For a 50kg athlete that’s 300kg! It is easy to imagine the consequences of this repetitive force if this athlete is not strong.
It WILL build a resilient athlete that can cope with force, in turn reducing injury risk.
In fact, it is the opposite, strength training increases the ability to put more force into the ground which equals greater SPEED! Additionally, strength training finely tunes the neural pathways from brain to muscles making them more efficient athletes with improved movement patterns!
In a similar vain to the “stunted growth’ myth, the only effect that strength training will have later on in life, is that you will be stronger, able to compete for longer and have a greater bone and joint health.
Owner of Edge Performance and EdgePerformance Academy, I gained my certification into the personal training industry from the AIF (Australian Institute of Fitness) in 2009. After 6 years working with different employers and throughout various facilities, I started EdgePerformance in November 2015 with a focus on the long-term athletic development of athletes from various sports.