Sports Specific Training

What does sport specific training really mean?   photodune-5745213-sport-equipment-soccertennisbasketball-s

        Parents have a natural desire to see their child succeed and find satisfaction in the activities they participate in and enjoy.  Children who participate in sports related activities face comparisons and competition from teammates and opposing teams.  The best approach to ensuring your child excels and enjoys their desired sporting activity is to incorporate sport specific training into the child’s routine.  Sport Specific Training helps build a foundation of strength, power, and aerobic conditioning.  Each sport poses different demands of the body therefore a proper foundation is vital for the child’s success in playing the sport, staying free from injury, and maintaining enthusiasm to do their best.

               Sport Specific Training is the key to injury prevention.  This specialized training decreases the likelihood of overuse injuries.  As we all know most sports have become a year round activity therefore, incorporating sports specific training brings many benefits.  The Junior Wellness Studio offers pre, during, and post-season programs tailored to any sport your child is involved.  Our circuit programs enhance the children’s awareness of their own bodies and their capabilities.  This awareness is essential for children to gain an understanding about the importance limits play in physical fitness and to prevent injuries.

                Physical activity places demands on the body that when not properly conditioned, increases the likelihood of injury.  Agility movements including pivoting, jumping, and rotating are examples of the types of movements that cause overuse and misalignment of the joints and muscles.  Various sporting activities such as swimming, football, baseball, tennis, soccer, and basketball require these continuous agility movements.  Sports related injuries prevalent among youth include torn ligaments of the knee, rotator cuff strains, tennis/golfer elbow, and back strains.

                 Not every injury is avoidable and the DRSC-Masters Fitness coaches understand that.  Your fitness coaches are here to prepare your child in every way possible from teaching them proper warm up and cool down routines to stretching and learning how to pace themselves.  Our goal is to help the children develop skills and strengthen their bodies so they are productive, injury free athletes.  Having these concepts in mind, Dayton Raiders Swim Club has incorporated fitness programs to provide your child with the best advantage possible.  We strive to place your child in a position that enables him or her to perform at their highest potential safely and with confidence.  This new addition is meant to educate, mentor, and guide your child to succeed in the type of sport he or she is playing.

                  According to the National Strength and Conditioning Association, “Strength training can be a fun way for kids to build healthy muscles, joints, and bones.  With a properly designed and supervised program, they can improve performance, total fitness level, and sports performance.  Strength training can even help prevent injuries and speed up recovery time.”

Ken Hunter, BA/NSCA

 

SPORTS RELATED INJURIES

Torn ligaments of the knee: ACL, PCL, MCL, LCL

“The four main ligaments of the knee most often damaged are the Anterior Cruciate (ACL) and Posterior Cruciate (PCL) ligaments located inside the knee joint, the Medial Collateral (MCL) and Lateral Collateral (LCL) ligaments located on the sides of the knee.  Knee Sprains can be caused by a non-contact twisting of the knee or from a direct blow to the area”

For more information on sprains and tears visit:

http://www.nationwidechildrens.org/sprains-strains

http://www.nationwidechildrens.org/acl-sprain-tear

Tennis/Golfer Elbow – Little League Elbow

“Lateral Epicondylitis (Tennis Elbow) is a painful inflammation of the bony bump on the outside of the elbow.  Tennis Elbow is caused by overuse and is associated with activities such as racquet sports (tennis, racquet ball), golf,    etc.  Symptoms of tennis elbow are pain and/or swelling on the outside of the elbow that travels down the entire forearm with wrist movement”

For more information visit:

http://www.nationwidechildrens.org/tennis-elbow

“Little League Elbow occurs as a result of overuse to those muscles, from activities such as throwing a ball too hard and too often, golfing, swimming, typing, etc., without sufficient rest and recovery. Symptoms of Little League Elbow are pain and/or swelling on the inside of the elbow that may extend along the inner surface of the forearm, and weak or painful grip strength”

For more information visit:

http://www.nationwidechildrens.org/little-league-elbow

Back Pain – Spondylolysis/Spondylolysthesis

Spondylolysis is a stress fracture in the vertebrae of the low back.  Spondylolysthesis occurs when that stress fracture becomes weak and unable to maintain its position and the vertebra begins to shift.  These injuries are common in adolescents who participate in activities that involve a great deal of low back extension such as football offensive linemen and gymnasts.

For more information visit

http://www.nationwidechildrens.org/spondylolysthesis-spondyloysis

Rotator Cuff Strains

“A rotator cuff injury is a strain or tear in this group of muscles that can result from using your arm to break a fall, lifting heavy objects, or use of your shoulder in sports with a repetitive movement such as baseball, football, swimming and tennis”

For more information visit:

http://www.nationwidechildrens.org/rotator-cuff-tears-strains